#Pulwama attack: Protests break out in Bihar demanding another ‘surgical strike’

Srinagar: Protest erupted in several parts of Bihar on Friday against the Pulwama militant attack which has claimed the lives of 49 CRPF personnel, two of them belonging to the state.

Sanjay Kumar Sinha and Ratan Kumar Thakur, both of them hailing from Bihar,are among the CRPF personnel who lost their lives in Thursdays attack in Jammu and Kashmir, news agency PTI reported.

Sinha hailed from Taregana Dih village on the outskirts of the capital city while Thakur was a resident of Bhagalpur.

Holding aloft posters of top political and military figures of Pakistan, besides placards calling for hukka paani band (complete boycott) of the neighboring country, hundreds of students gathered at the Kargil chowk in the capital city, built in the memory of those who had laid their lives fighting cross-border infiltrators in Jammu and Kashmir two decades ago.

There must be another surgical strike! For every jawan killed, 10 militants must be slain were some of the slogans that were raised by the youths.

In Motihari, district headquarter of East Champaran, citizens took out a procession raising slogans against the militant attack and burnt tyres on national highway NH 28 A, resulting in disruption of vehicular traffic.

In Munger, condolence meetings were organized at government and private schools with children urging Prime Minister Narendra Modi to give befitting reply to those responsible for the attack.

In Purnea, RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav led party workers in observing a two-minute silence. He also demanded that slain personnel of paramilitary forces like CRPF, ITBP, BSF etc., be extended the same facilities by the government which are given to army men who lose their lives while on duty.

Political parties, cutting across ideological divides, are also scheduled to organize protests at the Kargil chowk later in the day. Youth wing of Chief Minister Nitish Kumars JD(U), in addition to Hindustani Awam Morcha and Rashtriya Lok Samata Party both belonging to the opposition camp but not on good terms with each other will be taking out candle marches almost simultaneously in a virtual show of solidarity in the hour of national crisis.

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