Patna, Feb 18 : Student leaders of AISF and RJD today clashed with BJP outside the saffron party’s office here over the issue of the arrest of JNU students’ union president Kanhaiya Kumar in a sedition case. City Superintendent of Police Chandan Kushwaha told PTI that a group of workers of AISF, student wing of CPI, and youth wing of Lalu Prasad’s party came to the state BJP office to protest Kumar’s arrest. As BJP workers protested, a clash broke out in which stones and water bottles were hurled from both sides. (Also Read: Lawyers for Kanhaiya Kumar blame cops for inaction during violence)
Police used mild force to separate the groups, the City SP said. Kotwali police station SHO Ramesh Kumar Singh said AISF and RJD workers arrived at the BJP office without any prior information. BJP which had sought permission to take out a march from its office to Income Tax roundabout was not allowed by the police and stopped at the party office itself. The City SP said the situation has been brought under control and additional police force has been deployed to prevent further clashes.
BJP state vice president Sanjay Mayukh told PTI that the event reflects the “fascist face of Nitish Kumar government.” “We had taken prior permission for taking out a march which was not permitted. The workers of AISF and RJD armed with lathis were allowed to come up to our party office and attack us without any prior notice,” Mayukh said. The JNU row has charge up the political scenario in Bihar. While BJP and its allies have condemned the anti-India slogans allegedly raised by the JNUSU president and others, Congress-JD(U) and RJD have condemned Kumar’s arrest on sedition charge, which was “made without any evidence”. Kumar hails from Bihar.