Aug 31 : A day long strike in Bihar's Bhagalpur district against
police brutality on an alleged chain snatcher evoked mixed
was called by the Communist Party of India - Marxist-Leninist
(CPI-ML) and was supported by the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD).
Aurangzeb, alias Saleem, was thrashed and tortured by police
in Nathnagar, a small town in the district, about 150 km from
here Monday for allegedly snatching a chain. He was also dragged
through the street after being tied to the back of a motorcycle.
to district administration officials, about 40 workers of
CPI-ML were arrested Friday in Bhagalpur town and over a dozen
were arrested in Nathnagar.
seemed to be a success early Friday, when shops and other
establishments remained closed. But by the afternoon, the
markets opened and people resumed their normal lives.
leader K.D. Yadav said the strike was total and the people
supported it. He said that markets, offices and educational
institutions remained closed through the day.
administration deployed security personnel in large numbers
in Bhagalpur as well as Nathnagar to avoid any untoward incident.
policemen who tortured Aurangzeb were dismissed from service
by the state government for violation of human rights.
superintendent of police J.S. Gangwar said the two policemen
were dismissed from service under article 311, sub-clause
2(B) of the constitution. "The step was taken to warn
others not to repeat it," Gangwar told IANS Friday.
were dismissed on the recommendation of DIG eastern range
the incident came to light, state police spokesperson Anil
Sinha tried to downplay it by alleging that Aurangzeb had
a criminal background. But when the issue triggered widespread
protests, the authorities suspended Ramchandra Rai and L.B.
a complaint was lodged against the policemen and they were
issued a show cause notice.
minister Nitish Kumar has ordered a probe into the incident.
rights organisations have condemned the incident and demanded
immediate action against the policemen. The National Human
Rights Commission has also issued a notice to the Bihar home
department to produce a report on the incident.