Two-Day Block Level Agitation for Flood Relief Starts from 17 August
Protest was held in front of the Darbhanga District Collect to demand relief for flood victims, arrangements for boats in submerged villages, compensation for submerged crops, transparency in dam repair funds accounts, and other demands. The protest march started at the Polo Maidan, proceeded through SSP office, Laheriyaserai Tower, and culminated in a meeting in front of the District Collector’s office presided over by Hanuman Nagar Block in-charge Com. Pappu Paswan. Addressing the meeting CPI(ML) District Secretary Com. Baidyanath Yadav said that the District administration and State government merely make announcements in newspapers; on the ground they do nothing. They have failed miserably in arranging boats and polythene food packets and evacuating trapped people to safer and higher places. Ministers and MLAs merely give reassuring speeches to the public but do nothing to give relief to the people. The victims have received neither food nor shelter as relief. Com. Baidyanath Yadav further warned the District administration that if the problems of the flood victims are not resolved within the next two days, a decisive struggle will be launched in Darbhanga.
AIIARLA State Vice President Com. Laxmi Paswan said that the governments in Delhi and Patna are both silent on the problems of the flood victims; they are only conducting aerial surveys. The State governments MLAs are busy looting the public and filling their own pockets. Hundreds of flood victims participated in the protests. District Committee member Com. Prince Karn said that the DDCs in Bahadurpur, Gaurboram, Tard, Manigachhi, Ghanshyampur a Kiratpur were gheraoed on demands of boats and flood relief. Bihar government Minister and Gaurboram MLA Madan Sahani was gheraoed for at Biraul.
The protests were led by Insaf Manch State Vice President Com. Neyaz Ahmed, District Committee members Comrades Dev Kumar, Prince Kumar Karn, Ashok Paswan, and Shanichari Devi.