4 December 2006, HT Correspondent, Patna
Protest marches and Dharnas over the gruesome murder of Patna Women’s College Professor, Papiya Ghosh painted the State Capital red on Monday.
While the Police fumbled for clues, Political parties and Social Organizations took out rallies, staged Dharnas and burnt effigies of the Chief Minister to register their anger over what they described as the abject failure of the Government to control crime. They demanded from the State Administration that the killers be brought to book at the earliest.
Members of All India Progressive Women’s Association (AIPWA) took out a protest march and burnt Chief Minister, Nitish Kumar’s effigy at the Income Tax Roundabout. Later, addressing a meeting Anita Kumari held the Administration responsible for the killing of Papiya Ghosh and her maid. The dignity and life of women was at great risk under the present regime said Shakuntala Prasad. Binda Prasad, Anuradha Singh, Rekha Kumari and many others participated in the March.
All India Democratic Students’ Organistaion (AIDSO) organized a march from Patna College to Kargil Chowk. They too burnt an effigy of the Chief Minister and raised slogans like “Hatya, loot, apharan ka ye shashan nahin chalega, nahin chalega.” They later held a Meeting in which the Speakers flayed the Government.
Not to be left out, the members of RJD’s youth wing, Chatra Rashtriya Janata Dal Members also staged a Dharna. The leaders of the outfit said the present Government had failed to keep the promises, made to the people on the basis of which they got elected. They sought to know what happened to the Government’s promise of curbing crime within three months of assuming office.