Some news items from Bihar are causing worry for two reasons. Will Bihar remain behind forever? Can’t the government and the people there change when the whole world is changing? Here are three stories:
It is almost twelve days that noted professor of History, Dr Papia Ghosh and her maid were brutally murdered in her house in Patna. Police has not been able to get anywhere. Dr Ghosh’s IAS officer sister, Tuktuk Ghosh, has reportedly taken up the matter with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. The PM has spoken to Nitish Kumar. But Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar is of opinion that the CBI does not have the expertise to solve murder cases. Why should Nitish Kumar so bluntly refuse the request about the CBI? What is he afraid of?
The second story is about the showcase Golden Quadrilateral, the 30-km stretch from Sasaram to Dehri-on-Sone of the Delhi-Kolkata GQ. It is unfortunately my hometown too. As claimed, a “mentally deranged” (the police version) stoned Sunil Kumar Sharma 35, the supervisor in the project with Nagarjuna Construction, to death around midnight on Wednesday, Dec 7. The police maintain that it was a stray incident. “Everybody knows the killer was a mentally deranged man. We have arrested him and there was no need for the company officials to get terrorised”, said N H Khan, Rohtas SP. Sharma’s colleagues on the spot differ. “He (the alleged killer) owns three buses and manages them. How can he be mentally deranged?” On Wednesday night, Sharma was at the site under a bridge in Dehri when a worker came running and said that someone was throwing stones at him. His younger brother Anil said, “When he came out, the attacker struck him with a big stone and he fell on the ground. Then Tunna Singh struck his head again and ran away.” Sunil died on his way to hospital.
And the third one is the most damaging and really worrying one. If the parents of Bihar don’t mend their wards, Bihar can’t get its image improved.
Hyderabad, Dec. 11: Eight hundred youths from Bihar and Jharkhand took over the Howrah-bound Falaknuma Express for eight hours yesterday, grabbing seats, harassing women, beating up catering staff, robbing vendors and pulling the chain 22 times. The torment ended after a heavy police and Railway Protection Force contingent detained 500 of them at Tadepalligudem around midnight, while the other 300 escaped into the town. Only half of the group, returning home from a railway recruitment exam in Secunderabad, carried tickets. Some had the free coupon railway board examinees are entitled to, while the rest had neither. One Pushpa Kumari, who was in the women’s compartment, lodged a complaint at Guntur and said, “The boys forced their way into our compartment. They sang lewd songs and danced in the corridor in an obscene way.” An aged couple from Salt Lake got off the train at Guntur after being threatened by the youths. At Tadepalligudem, the police registered cases against only 15. As per a policeaman, “They were given tea and (apart from the 15 detainees) sent in another train to Howrah after a warning.”
How do you take these instances of going-on in Bihar? Bihari youth will have to behave properly, and give up it’s the ‘dadgiri’ behaviour, particularly in dealing with people of other part of the country or the world. If the people in Bihar don’t change themselves, there is hardly any hope for Bihar.