Tahlka News Bureau
PATNA: After yesterday's income tax carried out raids on 22 locations in New Delhi-NCR, in connection with the alleged benami deals of 1,000 crore by the RJD chief Lalu Prasad and his family, today an attack on the BJP office in Patna have made the atmosphere hazardous.
The BJP was planning for a statewide dharna to demand removal of the RJD chief and his two sons – deputy chief minister Tejashwi Prasad Yadav and health minister Tej Pratap Yadav from Bihar cabinet over alleged concealment of assets in their election affidavits.
A video has been going viral on social media of an angry mob attacking the BJP office with stones, damaging may vehicles on Bir Chand Patel Marg, where offices of various political parties are also located. Office of the income tax department is also located on the northern end of Bir Chand Patel Marg.
The video also shows commuters running for cover amid the clashes. Many were severely injured during the incident.
BJP leaders said RJD supporters had attacked their party office in "an organized way". While the RJD leader's when asked, quickly replied saying that the brickbatting started first from the BJP side.
Police said stone pelters were being identified and will not be spared. "Nobody involved with the attack on BJP office will be spared. We have deployed additional forces in the area," said city superintendent of police Chanadan Kushwaha.
Senior BJP leader and former deputy CM Sushil Modi was to attend the dharna at 1 pm. Last week, Modi accused Prasad, his MP daughter Mira Bharti and two sons of being involved in "corrupt" land deals worth over Rs 1,000 crore and urged the Center to probe one such transaction in Delhi.
Bihar BJP President Nityananda Rai condemning the attack on the party office said it was a reflection on the desperation of RJD. "But such thing cannot cow down the BJP, which will continue its fight against corruption and lawlessness in Bihar. We will take the fight to the court as well as the people," Rai said.
Modi sadi chief minister Nitish Kumar should take a call if he wanted to continue lawlessness in which party offices were being attacked in a prohibited zone by RJD goons. "How could TRJD goons enter the prohibited area and why the police did not respond in time. The BJP know how to give a befitting reply, but we don't believe in violence. The police remained a mute spectator. Over half-dozen BJP workers have sustained injuries," he added.
However, RJD spokesperson Manoj Jha said that the outburst of RJD supporters was natural as the BJP men attacked them. RJD MLA Shakti Singh Yadav said the BJP workers threw bottle on them first.