One killed as students go on rampage in Patna
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Last Updated: Tuesday, February 09, 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.


First Published: Tuesday, February 09, 2010, 20:25

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