PATNA: Police today used water cannon and tear gas to disperse the crowd taking out a protest march in Patna against recent Patna flooding. The protest march was led by Jan Adhikar Party (JAP) leader Pappu Yadav.
The march which began from Rajendra Nagar was scheduled to reach Raj Bhawan but was stopped midday after it turned unruly. Yadav alleged the police resorted to brutal lathi-charge to prevent his supporters moving ahead.
Addressing the crowd earlier, he blamed the ruling party leaders for the Patna flooding and demanded an inquiry into the matter by a high court judge. He demanded an adequate compensation to the victims of Patna flooding.
He alleged Bihar got nothing in the past 30 years, rather people’s freedom has been snatched away.
“What’s the meaning of a government when the common masses are left to survive at their own fate or at the mercy of God?” he asked, adding “This is very shocking”.
He wondered over the way how floods had been causing heavy destruction to lief and property every year despite the Nitish Kumar government spending Rs2,29,000 crore in the name of tackling floods.
He also alleged large-scale corruption in several government schemes such as Smart City, Namami Gange and beautification projects.