Forbesganj: Extending a "healing touch",
Rahul Gandhi Friday met the families of victims of Forbesganj
police firing in Bihar`s Araria district and assured them
The Congress General Secretary, who went to the house
of a boy, Md Rashid Ansari who was injured in the firing, said
that all assistance would be provided to the victims. He also
spoke to Ansari`s mother Phulia Khatoon.
Gandhi directed state Congress president Choudhary
Mehboob Ali Kaiser to bring the injured boy to New Delhi for
The Congress leader also went around the starch
factory at Bhajanpura near here, where the firing took place
on June 3 claiming four lives. He, however, left after a group
of persons standing there with flags tried to draw his
attention to the loss of property in the arson before the
Kaiser said that Gandhi met the bereaved families
besides those injured. "The visit has nothing to do with
politics and is to give a healing touch," he said.
Reacting to Gandhi`s visit, Deputy Chief Minister S K
Modi said, "I am not against the Congress leader`s visit
to Forbesganj, but he also should have gone to Bhagalpur where
hundreds of people died during the riots when the Congress was
in power in Bihar".