One killed as students go on rampage in Patna

Last Updated: Tuesday, February 9, 2010 - 20:25

Patna: One person was killed and 10 others,
including policemen, were injured after students went on a
rampage demanding action against some private coaching centres,
which they claimed had allegedly duped them.

The victim, who succumbed to injuries at a hospital, was
accidentally fired upon by a guard posted in front of an
institute, police said.

Three policemen were injured in the stone pelting and
lathicharge, they said, adding three students have been
seriously injured.

Trouble erupted when a large number of students went on
the rampage demanding action against the institutes for
allegedly duping them.

Hundreds of agitated students blocked roads in Bazaar
Samiti, Pathar Ki Masjid, Kankerbagh, Kadamkuan and Rajendra
Nagar localities, police said.

They also pelted stones at the coaching institutions and
vehicles, demanding shutting down of the centres, police said,
adding that they had to resort to mild lathicharge.

Teargas shells were fired to disperse the agitators, who
had set police motorcycles on fire, after police failed to
control the situation.

Yesterday, the students had blocked the Bazaar Samiti
Road and demonstrated in front of coaching centres alleging
that their owners had duped them under the pretext of
conducting courses.

A CRPF constable, who had suffered head injuries during
the protest at Rajendra Nagar locality last evening, today
died at the Patna Medical College Hospital, they added.

Nitish orders probe

Meanwhile, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar today ordered a probe by Patna District Magistrate into allegations
of malpractices against private coaching institutions by
students.

Kumar, soon after his arrival from New Delhi, held a
high-level meeting with top officials, including Chief
Secretary Anoop Mukherjee, Special Secretary (Home) Sunil
Kumar, Patna Divisional Commissioner S Bharthwal and
secretaries of the state human resource department, an
official spokesman said.

Kumar reviewed the situation arising out of today`s
student agitation and asked for a proposal to formulate a
policy for regulating the private coaching institutes.

He appealed to the agitating students to be calm and
assured them of action against erring coaching institutes.

PTI



First Published: Tuesday, February 9, 2010 - 20:25

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