The Bihar Assembly on Tuesday (March 23) witnessed an unprecedented entry of the personnel of Rapid Action Force and state police inside the Assembly to physically lift the opposition MLAs who were opposing the passage of the Bihar Special Armed Police Bill, 2021.
Old timers recall that this is the first time that the RAF jawans and police personnel were asked to perform the duty which otherwise is assigned to the Marshals of the Assembly.
According to media reports it was the Speaker, Vijay Kumar Sinha, who sought the help of Patna district magistrate and superintendent of police to remove the dharna or sit-in outside his chamber.
As many of those opposition legislators were women, the service of policewomen was also sought for this purpose. They were brutally assaulted and dragged outside the premises of the Assembly.
Inside the House too, the Opposition legislators strongly opposed the Bill. They too were thrown out of the House, which was adjourned five times in the day.
Some of them hit by the police were senior legislators. Even the leader of opposition in Bihar Assembly, Tejashwi Yadav, who earlier in the day led a big rally against the Bill, was reportedly roughed up inside the House by a police-personnel.
Independent political analysts were shocked by the entry of police personnel inside the Bihar Assembly. After the incident some legislators were taken to hospital in ambulances.
Chief minister Nitish Kumar was inside his chamber in Bihar Assembly at the time the police entered the House in the evening.
The Rashtriya Janata Dal, Congress and Left parties are opposing what they allege draconian black law, which would be used to suppress the voice of the people.
On the other hand, chief minister Nitish Kumar and members of the Treasury benches are of the view that the opposition is resisting the passage of the Bill without reading it.