Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar had received a death threat from a boy who was later identified as Pramod Kumar alias Poyama. According to police, in a purported video, Pramod threatened to blow up Nitish Kumar, along with his bodyguards. It was reported that the youth was angry with Nitish Kumar over the current sand crisis in the state which hit his business. Patna Senior Superintendent of Police Manu Maharaj said, “Soon after the video went viral, the police came into action.” Later, the boy was arrested by the police. Acting on a tip off, a police team has arrested the accused from Fatuha in Patna district. Now, a team of police officials is interrogating the boy to know why he posted the video on social media.
Earlier today, Nitish Kumar’s cavalcade was pelted with stones while he was on his way to a village as part of the state-wide ‘Vikas Samiksha Yatra’ but he was unhurt. It was not immediately known who were behind the incident and why they did it. An official release in Patna quoted Kumar as having told a public meeting in Dumraon block of Buxar district that the incident would be thoroughly probed to ascertain the cause for it. In an oblique reference to the opposition RJD, he said, “Those involved in politics of provoking and misleading the people have problems with our commitment to development. But we are not bothered about them.” He said, “Some people feel disturbed over my commitment to progress of the state. They try to mislead and provoke others but people should not get perturbed over such minor happenings”.
An official accompanying the chief minister said that some people hurled stones at the cavalcade but that did not hamper its movement. He said the convoy kept moving towards its destination where the chief minister launched 168 schemes involving an expenditure of Rs 272 crore before addressing a public meeting. The chief minister said the purpose of his yatra was to assess ground realities and progress of development schemes so that basic amenities like roads, clean water and power reached every village and locality in the state.
Kumar also spoke at length about prohibition imposed by his government and its drive against dowry and child marriage, besides measures for skill development to ensure youth got better job opportunities. He told security personnel deployed at the venue of the public meeting not to worry about protests or if somebody wanted to raise slogans and show black flags.