Patna: Describing the ABVP workers' protest in the state capital as violent which left as many as 108 people, including 51 policemen, injured, Water Resources Development (WRD) Minister Vijay Kumar Chaudhary, today said that the stir was aimed at destabilising the JD(U) government in Bihar.
"The manner nearly 5000 ABVP workers carried out violent protest for over two hours yesterday in which they clashed with the policemen and vandalised public property pointed their ulterior motive to create anarchy and destabilise the government of the day," Chaudhary said in a statement in the legislative assembly.
The ABVP workers' intention to create anarchy has been established by the outfit's national general secretary Srihari Borekar claim in media reports that the agitation on deteriorating education standard was successful and many of the protesters succeeded in breaking into the state legislative premises as planned by them, Chaudhary said.
Stating that the ABVP office bearer's remarks has left no one in doubt that a conspiracy was hatched by them to derail peaceful law and order situation in the state capital, the Home Minister in-charge said that the protesters fought a pitched battle with the police and indulged in heavy brick batting and hurled broken glasses and bottles on the road users, in addition to vandalising shops near R-Block exposed their sinister conspiracy to destabilise the government.
Defending the police action against the protesters, he said that the cops tried their best to pacify the crowd by making appeal to them not to proceed towards the state legislature, but when all efforts failed they resorted to mild lathicharge and subsequently fired ten rounds in the air to disperse the protesters.
Despite the cops' best efforts, about 25-30 protesters managed to enter into the state legislature premise by jumping over the wall from the Eastern Gate, but they were pushed back, Chaudhary said.
In a follow up action, 34 protesters have been arrested and three FIRs lodged in connection with the violent protest by the ABVP workers yesterday, Chaudhary said.
As soon as the Home Minister-incharge completed his statement, the Food and Consumer Protection Minister Shyam Rajak stood up to condemn the incident and urged the House to move a censure motion against the BJP for disrupting the House since yesterday on the same and he was supported by the other members of the treasury benches.
Chaudhary too backed his colleagues demand for a censure motion to be passed by the House against the BJP for disrupting the proceedings since yesterday, but the Speaker Uday Narayan Chaudhary politely turned down the demand for a censure motion and said that the sentiments of the members have been recorded in the proceedings.
Meanwhile, the BJP members boycotted the House to protest against strong-arm tactics of the state government to silence peaceful protest by the ABVP workers.