In a fresh move to refrain people from protesting against the recent developments, the Bihar Police has issued a controversial circular. The Bihar police have warned people of barring them of their right to employment in the public sector if found staging violent protests or blocking roads.
The order added that firms who entertain such protests could also be barred from bidding on government contracts. The order has surely irked many, especially the opposition that has accused Chief Minister Nitish Kumar of acting like dictators Hitler and Mussolini.
Earlier, the Bihar government in another circular has ascertained its right to nab anyone who posts anything defamatory against the state government.
In specific words, the directive approved by Bihar DGP SK Singhal says that if anyone is found taking part in a protest that eventually turns violent, the police can mention the same in his/her certificate of conduct or character certificate.
Also, police have said that police verification is necessary for applying for a state-owned liquor outlet, a government job, a license for a firearm and a passport.
RJD leader Tejshwi Yadav hitting out at CM Kumar said that the latter is giving direct competition to Mussolini and Hitler.
“If a person is involved in any criminal activity by involving in any law and order situation, protests, roadblocks etc. and is charged by the police for this, then specific mention of this will be made in the character verification report by the police,” the directive cleared by the Bihar DGP said.
The Bihar Police recently came under sharp criticism from the opposition over a circular that said offensive social media posts against the government, ministers, MPs, legislators and state officials will now be treated as cybercrime thus inviting penal action.