In brazen abuse of power, Bihar's Nitish Kumar government blocked Republic Media Network multiple times from attending his press conference at Patna's Gyan Bhavan. Earlier on Wednesday afternoon, the reporter of Republic, Piyush Mishra was manhandled and the government officers tried to snatch the reporter's microphone. Visuals show the officer even catching the reporter's neck while denying that he was blocked from entering.
In a similar incident on Wednesday afternoon, Republic Bharat's Deputy News Editor Sweta Srivastava and News Editor Amit Chaudhary were blocked from meeting Nitish Kumar by the police. In what appears to be a personal attack against Republic's team, the reporters have been gheraoed by the police, making them unable to take a single step from where they are standing. The police blocked the reporters from moving even an inch and are pushed away by the police whenever they try to move closer to Nitish Kumar.
Here's Editor-in-Chief Arnab Goswami's take on the matter:
Nitish Kumar is not the problem. He is a manifestation of a disease. A disease called the delusion of a ruling politician. Nitish, who is deluded, has started sending his men to physically attack Republic reporters in Patna. This he has done for a second consecutive day after personally attacking our correspondent Shweta Tripathi yesterday. And on tape today, we have his police officers on-record about their plans to physically attack our crew on Nitish Kumar's instructions. All this is nothing but an open attempt of a loser called Nitish Kumar to salvage his destroyed public image. But people know better. I start the show today with this visual of a ruling coalition leader almost drowning while inspecting the situation in Patna. This image, tells the story that Nitish is trying so shamelessly hide.
Floods in Bihar have caused 56 deaths, as of Tuesday. The State and the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) on Monday had rescued and evacuated over 4,000 citizens from the flood-affected areas in Patna. According to reports, 19 NDRF teams have been sent out for evacuation. Out of the 19 teams, five NDRF teams have been sent to Patna's flood-affected areas. The IMD has issued a report stating that the rain and thunderstorms are likely to continue in Bihar this week. According to ANI, an orange alert has been issued in Patna, Vaishali, Begusarai and Khagaria districts for October 3 and 4.