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Policemen, dalit students injured in Bihar violence

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Patna:At least seven policemen and six students were injured here in brick-batting and police lathicharge on dalit students protesting against the lowering of scholarship amount for SC and ST students.

The students resorted to violence near JP Roundabout by throwing bricks on policemen in which an inspector and six constables were injured, senior superintendent of police Manu Maharaj said.

He said six students had been admitted to Patna Medical College and Hospital (PMCH) with minor injuries.

The SC & ST students from across the state were taking out a march to the state legislative assembly to protest the lowering of scholarship amount for dalit students in Bihar.

The incident echoed in the legislative assembly as well as in the legislative council with BJP-led NDA vociferously raising the issue to attack the Nitish Kumar government.

In the assembly, leader of Opposition Prem Kumar, former Chief Minister and Hindustani Awam Morcha leader Jitan Ram Manjhi, Rashtriya Lok Samata Party leader Lallan Paswan and others protested the police lathicharge on dalit students.

BJP member Sanjay Mayukh raised the issue in the council.

Later, prominent leaders including Sushil Kumar Modi, Jitan Ram Manjhi, Prem Kumar, Paswan, Arun Sinha visited PMCH to see the condition of the injured students.

Paswan alleged that the police resorted to lathicharge on the students who were peacefully taking out the protest-march.

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