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Over 500 ABVP activists detained during Bihar Bandh call

Last Updated: Thursday, April 1, 2010 - 19:27

Patna: Over 500 activists of Akhil Bharatiya
Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), the BJP`s student wing, were
detained across Bihar during the dawn-to-dusk bandh called by
the organisation in the state today to protest against the
Nitish Kumar government`s decision to open Aligarh Muslim
University (AMU) campus in Kishanganj.

Bihar DGP Neelmani told reporters here that the activists
were detained for trying to enforce the bandh. As many as 146
ABVP activists were detained in Gopalganj followed by 62 in
Araria, 60 in Siwan and 40 in Banka, he said.

The bandh, however, failed to have any impact in Patna
with major business establishments remaining open and
vehicular traffic remaining normal.

The bandh was also called to protest police lathicharge
on ABVP activists here on Monday last.

Chief Minister Nitish Kumar had said the state government
had allocated land for setting up Bihar branch of AMU in
Muslim-dominated Kishanganj district.

"The decision to establish AMU campus is final...There
would be no reversal of the decision...Both Hindu and Muslims
would be benefited from the opening of the institution," he
had said recently.


First Published: Thursday, April 1, 2010 - 19:27
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