RJD seeks probe into Bihar police assault on women



Patna: Bihar's main opposition party, the Rashtriya Janata Dal, has urged the National Human Rights Commission and the National Commission for Women to visit Noor Sarai in Nalanda district to investigate a police baton charge on villagers.

Opposition leader Abdul Bari Siddiqui said on Saturday that he was writing to both commissions to probe the police assault in Nalanda, home district of Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, in which several women were injured.

"The National Human Rights Commission and the National Commission for Women should send their teams to Noor Sarai for investigation into the high-handedness of the police and violation of human rights," Siddiqui said.

After drawing flak from the opposition and human rights and women's organisation, the Bihar government Friday transferred out all the 30 policemen of Noor Sarai police station.

Additional Director General of Police Rajyavardhan Sharma said three policemen, including station chief Avadesh Singh, were suspended while all the policemen of Noor Sarai police station were transferred out.

Sharma visited Noor Sarai police station following Chief Minister Nitish Kumar's order for a probe.

The Bihar Human Rights Commission on Thursday issued a notice, returnable in three days, to state police chief Abhyanand over the police baton charge on women and villagers.

Some 18 people were injured when police attacked with batons a mob that alleged Chandasi panchayat secretary Reena Devi had been killed by her in-laws on August 24. Demanding the arrest of the in-laws, the mob indulged in stone-throwing and arson.

Reena Devi has been reported missing since August 24.

IANS