Lohia’s statue cleaned by RJD youths after Manjhi garlands it; 4 booked

Monday, Apr 6, 2015,20:18 IST By metrovaartha A A A

Supual (Bihar) | Members of RJD’s student wing and Lohia Vichar Manch cleaned a statue of socialist leader Ram Manohar Lohia with water after former Bihar Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi garlanded it in the district, following which four persons have been booked.
One person has been arrested while search is on for rest three, after an FIR was registered against them, who belonged to the organisation Lohia Vichar Manch, with Supual town police station on the basis of report of Magistrate in the incident, Superintendent of Police Pankaj Kumar Raj said. Controversy broke when members of Lohia Vichar Manch and student wing of RJD cleaned the statue of the socialist leader Ram Manohar Lohia after Manjhi had garlanded it last evening.
Manjhi was on his way to Saharsa in connection with a political programme when he stopped at Lohia chowk to garland the statue of the freedom fighter. After he left the place, members of student wing of RJD and Lohia Vichar Manch arrived at the spot and washed the statue with water, removed the garland put by Manjhi and placed another garland of their own, the district chief of the two organisations said.
Lohia Vichar Manch Supual district chief Dukhi Lal Yadav said in a release that Manjhi is a man hungry for power and hence has no moral rights to garland statue of Lohia. A similar controversy had broken in Madhubani district late last year when Manjhi, who hails from a Mahadalit family and who was Chief Minister at that time, alleged that some people had washed a temple after his visit and offered prayers there.

Bihar Council adjourned over ‘statue washing’ issue
Patna | The Bihar Legislative Council was adjourned till tomorrow after BJP legislators protested today over the washing of a statue of socialist leader Ram Manohar Lohia after former Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi garlanded it in Supaul district of the state.
The BJP members also demanded strict action against the culprits who had committed such an act and sought a statement from the government over the issue. MLC Mahachandra Prasad Singh first drew the attention of the House towards the issue and pointed out that washing the statue was an act of insult to Manjhi, who hails from a ‘Mahadalit’ caste (the lowest among the Scheduled Castes).
Council Chairman Awadhesh Narayan Singh tried get the normal business of the House transacted, asking Singh to table the issue formally, but by then the BJP legislators trooped into the Well raising slogans against the government. This is a very serious issue and a shameful one. All this is happening in the 68th year of Independence. The state government should answer why a Mahadalit is being insulted like this. They should also reveal what action has been taken on the issue, Bihar BJP President Mangal Pandey said in the House.
As the Chairman’s appeal to the BJP MLCs to return to their seats fell on deaf ears, he adjourned the House till tomorrow noon. Meanwhile, speaking at a public meeting in Purnia, Manjhi said washing the statue of Lohia after he garlanded it depicted, Feudal mentality of such people and it was being done at the behest of some big leader of the state.
Though he refused to reveal the name of the leader, he added the intentions of such forces would be defeated by the people in the coming state elections.