55-Yr-Old Dies During Bihar CM’s ‘Human Chain’ Awareness Event

Policies on environment, against dowry and child marriage and ban on sale and consumption of alcohol were promoted.

Updated20 Jan 2020, 02:51 AM IST
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A 55-year-old government teacher died in this north Bihar district of Darbhanga while taking part in an event organised by the Nitish Kumar government, to show support for the CM's policies.

The deceased – Mohd Daud – died in Keoti police station area close to the Runway Chowk where he fell ill and collapsed, Darbhanga District Magistrate Thyagarajan S M said.

Daud was rushed to a hospital where he was declared brought dead.

Hospital sources said the deceased had suffered a cardiac arrest though it was not clear whether he was suffering from a heart disease.

He taught at an Urdu medium secondary school and the district education officer has been instructed to look into the incident and take necessary action, the DM said.

Millions of people came out on the streets in Bihar on Sunday, 19 January, to form human chains across the state in support of the Nitish Kumar government's environment conservation and social reform measures.

The chief minister, flanked by his deputy Sushil Kumar Modi and other dignitaries, stood holding hands at the Gandhi Maidan in the state capital, where the participants formed a pattern resembling the map of Bihar.

Kumar, whose third consecutive tenure as the chief minister would end in less than a year, organised the event to raise awareness about efforts such as the 'Jal- Jeevan-Hariyali' drive, campaigns against dowry and child marriage and ban on sale and consumption of alcohol.

Speaking after the function – as part of which patriotic songs were played by musical bands – Kumar thanked the people of the state for making the event a success and said, "I hope the number of people who have participated exceeds what we had intended to achieve."

Official sources said efforts were made to include 40 million people, "more than the population of countries like Canada and Australia", in the drive and an exact figure would be available by evening.

Participants in the event form a human chain standing on boats.
Participants in the event form a human chain standing on boats.
(Photo: ANI)

This is the third human chain organised at the behest of Kumar, the first being in 2017 followed by another a year later.

Opposition parties like the RJD, however, came out with stinging criticism of the event, dubbing it as a colossal wastage of public money and government resources.

RJD supremo Lalu Prasad's elder son Tej Pratap Yadav told reporters, "We would have appreciated, had the CM organized a rozgar shrinkhla - for providing jobs to unemployed youth – instead of the farcical manav shrinkhla."

The party's national vice president Shivanand Tiwary said the event was a flop show and shared a number of pictures on social media in which the chain could be seen broken at a number of places and children aged no more than 10 years made to stand in the cold weather, despite official claims that only those of Class VI and above would be taking part.

Money Wasted On Human Chain: Tejashwi Yadav

RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav said in Patna that school children were forced to stand in long queues without slipper due to which many have fallen ill.

“When there were floods, no helicopter was in sight but for video recording of human chain formations today, 15-16 helicopters were used. So much money has been wasted over it,” he added.

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Published: 19 Jan 2020, 01:10 PM IST
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