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Congress Compares Munger Incident with Jallianwala Firing

Congress party leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi. — IANS

The Congress leader said that the police had gone “berserk under Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and chased and beat up humans like animals”.

NEW DELHI —  The Congress on Wednesday flayed the Bihar government while comparing the Munger incident with the Jallianwala Bagh massacre and asked if participation in Durga Puja festivities was a crime in the country.

Addressing a press conference here, Congress leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi compared the incident with the Jallianwala Bagh massacre on April 13, 1919, when Acting Brigadier-General Reginald Dyer ordered British Indian Army troops to fire on unarmed civilians at Amritsar.

The Congress leader said that the police had gone “berserk under Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and chased and beat up humans like animals”.

“Why is police under BJP-JDU government in Bihar treating Durga Ma devotees like this? They are being beaten black and blue for no apparent reason.”

Singhvi said he wanted to ask the reason for firing on worshippers, adding that “it is shameless and barbaric”.

A person was killed and nearly 20 others, including a dozen-odd police officials, were injured during a police baton charge and firing by unidentified persons during the immersion of Maa Durga’s idol at the Deen Dayal Upadhyay Chowk in Munger at 11.30 pm on Monday in Munger, police had said on Tuesday.

Earlier on Wednesday, RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav condemned the incident at a joint press conference of the opposition’s Grand A, saying that the police thrashed people “deliberately” on Monday night.

“What is the Chief Minister and his deputy doing about this incident?” he asked. “Who gave the permission to the police officer to act like General Dyer in Munger?”

Tejashwi said the District Magistrate and the Superintendent of Police should be removed and a high-level inquiry ordered under the supervision of a High Court Judge.

Meanwhile, a new video of firing and police baton-charge on devotees in Munger surfaced on Wednesday, giving the opposition fresh ammunition to attack the Nitish Kumar-led NDA government in Bihar.

In the video, the devotees are seen having an altercation with the police personnel. Suddenly sounds of firing are heard and the devotees and those carrying the Goddess Durga idol lie on the road around the idol to save their lives. As the firing sound stops, a group of policemen arrive at the spot and thrash the devotees using batons. Some of the baton wielders are seen in civilian clothes.

Sources have said that some unidentified persons first fired at the devotees following which the police are also said to have fired in retaliation. — IANS

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