After the shocking high-handedness and belligerence witnessed in Bihar over the last two days wherein Republic TV's reporters were manhandled and blocked from attending Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar's Gandhi Jayanti event, and also heckled by Nitish himself, Republic TV's Vivek Singh has exposed the JD(U) chief and his supporters. Talking to Republic TV, two police officers present at the event at Patna's Gyan Bhavan revealed that at a single gesture, goons may thrash Republic TV's reporters. The officers then advised the reporters to leave from the site.
"If he (Nitish) makes one gesture after the meeting, everyone will thrash you." When asked to elaborate, he said, "Everyone will thrash you. When the meeting gets over and the Chief Minister leaves, everyone there will gang up and thrash you. Go away from here. Why are you waiting here? It's better if you leave," the officer revealed.
Talking about the heated conversation between Republic TV's reporter - Sweta Tripathi and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, the police officer rebuked the manner in which the reporter addressed the CM. He added that if addressed politely, the government answers all queries. Talking about the need to maintain a good public image, he added that other reporters too had rebuked the reporter's line of questioning. He said that she was behaving rudely with the CM.
When stated by the reporter that the CM behaved rudely with the reporter, the police officer denied the claim saying, "When things are done politely, everything is fine. Did you see how she (Sweta Tripathi) was talking? She was being rude. Speak respectfully, then the administration will give all answers. If you keep arguing, will anyone let go? Everyone is conscious of their image and respect." He added, "Other members of the press also asked her to keep quiet. They told her 'He's CM, don't talk this way.'"
Earlier in the day, Bihar's Nitish Kumar government yet again blocked Republic Media Network from attending his press conference at Patna's Gyan Bhavan. When reporters tried to confront the Dept. of Public Relations Officer (DPRO) on why Republic reporters were denied entry, visuals show the officer manhandling the reporter - Piyush Mishra, and trying to snatch his microphone away. Visuals show the officer catching the reporter's neck while denying that he was blocked from entering. After granting entrance, guards are then seen bodily lifting the reporter and escorting him out of the gate.
Previously on Tuesday, Nitish Kumar displayed shocking high-handedness and callousness while speaking about the floods in Bihar. When confronted by Republic TV's reporter about the plight of citizens, he asked the reporter “calm down” and reminded her of her young age and lack of experience (with respect to him). His security subsequently blocked Republic TV's reporter. He was then escorted from the place immediately by his guards.
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.