On Saturday, a statewide shutdown across the entire state of Bihar against the controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019 was initiated by the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD)
Protesters gathered at the bus stands, railway tracks and other notable points in all districts of the Bihar. carrying bamboo sticks and party flags.
At Darbhanga, RJD workers and supporters protested bare chest, sloganeering against Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and central government. They blocked the highway by burning tyres. Party supporters, also protested at the railway line and disrupted train movement.
The highway was also blocked by the RJD workers with the help of buffaloes, at Vaishali.
On Friday, RJD leader and former Deputy Chief Minister Tejashwi Yadav appealed to the people of the state to participate in the ‘’Bihar-bandh” against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019.
“In protest against CAA (and NRC, the RJD will be leading a Bihar bandh on December 21. On the eve of it, party carried a torch rally in all districts to give call for a peaceful protest”, Tejashwi tweeted on Friday.
NRC और नागरिकता संशोधन कानून (सीएए) के विरोध में कल 21 दिसंबर को राष्ट्रीय जनता दल का बिहार बंद है। इसकी पूर्व संध्या पर शांतिपूर्ण बंद के लिए आज बिहार के सभी जिलों में पार्टी की ओर से मशाल जुलूस निकाला गया। #CAA_NRC_Protests pic.twitter.com/4xGUY72JQD
— Tejashwi Yadav (@yadavtejashwi) December 20, 2019
Opposing the proposed National Register of Citizens (NRC), he said the people’s documents often get washed away in floods in the state, and hence they cannot prove their identity if the NRC is implemented.
“In Bihar, people’s documents flow away with floodwaters. How can they prove their identity,” Yadav had said.
In Patna, six people suffered gunshot injuries in clashes between two communities, meanwhile, a police station was attacked in Nawada district and around half-a-dozen policemen were injured in stone-pelting in Aurangabad. Police detained over 1500 protestors across the state and arrested 13 people.
However, amid all the violence and clash, the bandh supporters presented roses to local residents and businessmen to seek their support for the agitation and carried out protest marches in Saran and Gaya districts.