Din in council over crime rise in Bihar

PATNA: Uproarious scenes were witnessed in the state legislative council on Tuesday as an adjournment notice served by the opposition raising the issue of law and order was rejected by acting chairman Haroon Rashid.
The notice given by RJD chief whip Subodh Kumar alleged the law and order situation had worsened in the state and there were reports of daylight murders, robberies abductions and rape incidents, but the police administration had been sitting idle.

Demanding that a discussion be held on the issue ignoring the listed business, Kumar said deputy CM Sushil Modi had started appealing to criminals with folded hands not to commit crime. He also alleged an elderly man was lynched and burned alive in .

However, the acting chairman took up the question hour during which some questions, mostly related to the health department, were answered.

State health minister Mangal Pandey said 12 of the 15 dialysis machines at the PMCH were functional and around 35 patients suffering from Hepatitis-B and kidney ailments underwent dialysis every day. “The health department has directed the PMCH medical superintendent to get repaired the three non-functional machines within two months,” he said replying to a question of RJD MLC Ram Chandra Purbey.

Pandey denied dengue deaths in the state. He said 1,064 cases of dengue were reported in the past few months, and they included 444 in Patna. “Several government hospitals organised camps for free dengue test. Adequate amount of platelets has been provided to the hospitals,” he said.

Replying to a question of Congress’ Prem Chandra Mishra, cane industries minister Feroz Alam said the government was making efforts to restart non-functional sugar mills, including Ryam Sugar Mill in .

Later, when the opposition continued with its demand for a debate on law and order, the acting chairman adjourned the House 20 minutes after the proceedings. The second half continued only for 15 minutes before the House was adjourned for Wednesday.

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