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HC summons Bihar chief secretary, DGP over children’s participation in human chain plan

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PATNA: The Patna High Court today asked the Bihar chief secretary and Director General of Police to appear in the court while strongly objecting to the reports of school children being forced to participate in the human chain.

The state government has planned to form world’s longest human chain on January 21 to promote prohibitio.

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The court expressed its annoyance while hearing a PIL filed by filed by the Forum for Public Interest Litigation.

A strong reprimand by the court comes amid reports of a physically-challenged girl student assaulted mercilessly by the school teacher in Nalanda after she fell unconscious during a rehearsal of the human chain programme on Wednesday. As many as six girl students fell unconscious during rehearsal, report said.

Similarly in Rohtas district, the local authorities have asked the school children to participate in human chain along with parents failing which their enrollment will be declared illegal and they will be denied all the government facilities.

The authorities have also asked the school principals to ensure all the school children participate in the human chain programme without fail.

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Yesterday, the court had issued notice to the state government asking it to explain why all the National Highways and State Highways should be closed for human chain on January 21.

The court issued the notice acting on complaint that all the roads will be remain closed for close to five hours for the human chain programme against liquor ban scheduled for Saturday.

The state government has claimed some 20 million people will join the human chain programme on January 21.

The idea, a brainchild of Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar, is aimed at promoting liquor prohibition which the state imposed last year.

Authorities said the 11,292 km-long human chain formation on the earth spreading from east to west and north to south would be photographed by satellites, drone cameras and helicopters.

Of the total over 20 million people who will be joining hands together to extend support, thousands of them will be children from 71,000 schools. To make the programme a success, the state government is working overtime.

The government believes world’s longest human chain will give a new identity to Bihar.

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