Patna: Women organisations on Friday demanded
immediate resignation of Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Sushil
Kumar Modi for ruling out a CBI inquiry into BJP MLA
Rajkishore Keshari`s murder and allegedly using `unsavoury
words` against Rupam Pathak, who stabbed the man to death.
The women organisations also served an ultimatum to
Chief Minister Nitish Kumar to break his silence over the
incident and initiate action against Modi.
If Kumar did not respond favourably to their demand in
24 hours, the women would take to the streets and block busy
Dak Bungalow crossing at 3 pm tomorrow, they said.
`Aao Bahina`, `Kamkaji Mahila Association`, `Varsha`,
`Mahila Samiti`, `Manavadhikar Sanghathan` gathered under the
banner of `Bihar Womens` Network` and flayed Modi for trying
to scuttle a CBI probe and `belittling` Pathak by dubbing her
a `blackmailer` .
Bihar Women Network spokesperson Nilu said the other
demands included intervention of National Human Rights
Commission and National Women Commission, ensuring that human
rights were not violated during Pathak`s judicial custody and
security cover to Rupam and arrested editor Navlesh Pathak`s
Navlesh, editor of a Purnia-based English weekly
`Quisling` had been arrested after his name figured in an FIR
lodged by Sudip Keshari, nephew of the slain MLA and an eye
witness to the killing, alleging conspiracy.
The chairperson of Bihar unit of All India Democratic
Women`s Association, Rampari during the day demanded a CBI
probe into the murder case, the role of Modi and immediate
release of the journalist.
The association would organise a demonstration at Purnia
on January 11 to press for its demands, she added.