Bihar Police has issued a circular, warning people against staging violent protests or blocking roads, drawing a fierce reaction from the opposition that accused Chief Minister Nitish Kumar of acting like dictators Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini.
Bihar Police issued this warning to people against staging violent protests or blocking roads. In its circular, the police said that those found staging protests, sitting on a dharna or blocking roads will not get government jobs or any kind of government contract.
According to the directive issued by Bihar DGP SK Singhal on 2 February, if anyone takes part in a protest that could turn violent, the police can mention the same in his certificate of conduct or character certificate.
“If a person is engaged in any criminal activity by involving in any law and order situation, protests, road blocks etc. and is charged by the police for this, then this should be specifically and categorically mentioned in the character verification report of the individual by the police. Such people should be prepared for stern consequences as they won’t be able to get government jobs or state-owned liquor outlets,” the directive said.
Reacting sharply to the new circular, RJD leader and Leader of Opposition in Bihar Assembly Tejashwi Yadav, who shared a screenshot of the letter on his Twitter handle, vented ire at Nitish Kumar, saying he is giving a tough competition to Mussolini and Hitler.
Bihar Police had recently drawn sharp criticism from the opposition over a circular that warned of strict action against offensive social media posts against the government, ministers, MPs, legislators and state officials.
In its circular issued last month, the Bihar Police said that offensive social media posts against the government officials will be treated as cybercrime and invite penal action.