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Videos Show Civilians Thrashed In Bihar & Kashmir, But Centre’s Response Varies Drastically

The govt reacted to both incidents seems different. It was immediately after the incident in Bihar, that the one thrashing the candidate was identified. In Kashmir, the police statement quoted by the news reports suggested the ones thrashing the civilian were “some army personnel in uniform”.

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New Delhi: In two separate parts of the country, two civilians were ruthlessly thrashed. Both received severe blows of sticks on the head. While one was beaten in Bihar during a protest demanding jobs, another civilian was thrashed in Srinagar by the army personnel on duty.

But the way the government reacted to both incidents seems different. It was immediately after the incident in Bihar, that the one thrashing the candidate was identified – Additional District Magistrate (law and order), Mr. K K Singh.

In Kashmir, the police statement quoted by the news reports suggested the ones thrashing the civilian were “some army personnel in uniform”. It added that this happened “while another personnel present also got involved in a minor fight”.

As far as Bihar is concerned, sharp criticism poured in against the tainted magistrate with the Deputy Chief Minister of the State himself ordering a probe into the action.

The deputy CM himself addressed the reporters about the issue and said that the thrashing should not have taken place as there was no need for that. He added the government was there to listen to everyone and added that he has met the aspirants himself.

Video had evoked widespread condemnation with as many as lakhs of people witnessing the carnage tweeted by the Office of Yadaw himself from their official handle.

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The office also informed that Yadav had called the district magistrate and an inquiry committee was also formed which was to be headed by the Superintendent of Police of Central Patna, as to why did the ADM lathi charge the candidates.

A lot of criticism had also poured in nationally against the government as the aspirant was ruthlessly beaten while he was bleeding and holding the tricolor at the same time.

While the government itself pressed into action, the BJP which is in opposition now in Bihar, severely condemned the action of the government while also calling the government “blind and deaf”. In Kashmir, the law and order is headed by the Home Ministry led by BJP itself.

In Kashmir, no such tweet or statement came from the governor’s office or even from any major opposition leader. Just an advisor to the vice president of JKNC called it ‘unwarranted’.

It was the police who said it had registered a complaint against “some army personnel” but none was named in the statement.

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As quoted by PTI, the army itself said it was establishing the veracity of the incident. “Prima facie it appears to be an old video, deliberately posted to tarnish the image of Armed Forces,” Army said.

Meanwhile, in Bihar, BJP tweeted out a video of the trashing of that candidate. It said, “For one (assault) is a hobby and for one it is fun. But for the public, it is a compulsion.”