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Opposition demands debate on Forbesganj firing in Bihar Assembly

By TCN Staff Reporter,

Patna: It seems the shadow of Forbesganj brutality is not going to leave Bihar Government so easily. On one hand several organizations and individuals are criticizing the government and holding protest rallies since the incident happened. On the other hand Opposition parties which also hit the road demanding justice for victims of Forbesganj police firing, raised the issue strongly on the first day of week-long monsoon session of Bihar Assembly on Friday.

The united pppositions–RJD, LJP, Congress– on the issue slammed the State Government for its failure to prevent the firing. They demanded special debate in the house on the incident that took four innocent lives including an infant and a pregnant woman on June 3 at Bhajanpur village of Forbesganj block in Araria district.

Before entering the Assembly house, the members of RJD, LJP and Congress held a demonstration outside the main gate of the house protesting against the Forbesganj firing and unsatisfactory action by the state government against the responsible police officials.

As the session started the members of opposition parties stood up holding placards with the texts “Bihar ko Gujarat banaaneki sazish band karo” (stop, making Bihar another Gujarat), “Ager aqalliyaton ka khoon bahega, NDA sashan doobega (If minority’s blood is shed, the NDA government will sink) and “Forbesganj main masoomon ko qatl kerne walon ko griftar karo” (Arrest those who killed innocent people in Forbesganj).

The Leader of Opposition in the Assembly Abdul Bari Siddiqi demanded speakers to hold special debate on the brutal incident so that all the matters related to the tragic incident became clear before the people. But the demand was not accepted.

However, after coming out of the Assembly House, Mr. Siddiqi told newsmen that despite legislative rules that allow debate on such issue the state government is trying to avoid it only to cover up its faults and failure.

“The incident was so horrible and serious that people across the country condemned it. The National Commission for Minority and National Human Rights Commission took notice about it. Besides, Opposition parties, several community and social organizations hit the road demanding justice for the victims but state government remained with its inaction attitude. So, the government does not want to face humiliation for its faults and failure by holding debate” told Siddiqi.

He also expressed dissatisfaction over the inquiry commission probing the incident. “We have demanding inquiry into the incident by CBI or sitting judge of High Court but it is being done by a retired judge which is not right at all. Besides, we wanted to bring some leaders of ruling alliance under the ambit of inquiry which was also not considered. So, probably it will not going to bring justice for the victims and punishment to the real culprits” he added.

“We will raise the issue in next sitting and will continue our demand of holding debate on the issue and will not let the government to put it into cold storage” he said.