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Bihar tradesmen ‘tortured’ for asking queries from CM Nitish Kumar at public function


PATNA: Two youths in Bihar were allegedly tortured in police custody after they asked some questions from chief minister Nitish Kumar at a function, media reports said today.

The youths had posed the questions at the 4th Bihar Entrepreneurship Summit which was inaugurated by the chief minister at the SK memorial Hall on March 21.

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They had asked questions about how the people wanting to set their business in Bihar had to face a lot of troubles in getting loans from the banks and grants from the state government.

Reports said moments after the chief minister had left the venue, youths were picked up and taken to the Gandhi Maidan police station where they were allegedly tortured for eight hours.

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“Our mobile phones were snatched and switched off and we were not allowed to go to toilet. Not even water was served to us during the time. We were released in the evening after making us sign personal bonds,” one of the youths Nemi Kumar told the media today. According to him, his family members were also tortured.

The industry minister denied allegation of torture of youths but said the police have the right to know about the persons.

“Perhaps, the police wanted to know if they had come with the intention to disturb the function,” asked industry minister Jai Kumar Singh.

Former opposition leader Nand Kishore Yadav termed it a very serious matter. “It’s a matter of serious concern that the youths were tortured just because they asked questions from the chief minister,” asked Yadav.

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