Patna: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Sunday cancelled his address at two 'Adhikar Rallies' as he is monitoring situation in the violence-hit Madhubani district where three persons were injured in police firing, officials said.

"The CM's programme to address the 'Adhikar Rallies' at Buxar and Bhojpur districts on Sunday have been cancelled in view of Madhubani incidents," an official spokesman said.

The rallies, however, will take place at scheduled time at the two venues and will be addressed by ministers and ruling JD (U) leaders, he said.

"The chief minister is gripped with the situation in Madhubani and personally supervising and monitoring condition in the north Bihar district where three persons were injured in police firing at Jainagar yesterday," he said.

Kumar had cut-short his 'Adhikar Rally' last evening at Kaimur and rushed to the state capital to take stock of the situation in Madhubani where protestors indulged in largescale violence in several areas.

Kumar has been touring the state to mobilise support for a massive rally at Patna on November 4 to demand special status from the Centre for Bihar. The agitators pelted stones and set on fire Basopatti, Khajauli, Kaluwahi, Jainagar and Rajnagar police stations in Madhubani district on Saturday protesting against the murder of a school boy last month.

There was, however, no report of any violence in Madhubani on Sunday.

"Peace has returned in Madhubani and no fresh incident of violence has been reported from any part of the district," Superintendent of Police Ranjit Kumar Mishra said.

For the Madhubani incident, the state government was flayed by Opposition parties.

Making a scathing attack at the Chief Minister, RJD president Lalu Prasad had yesterday likened Kumar with Brigadier General REH Dyer of Jallianwala Bagh Massacre in Amritsar in 1919 for police firing on protestors.

The Left parties have called Bihar bandh on Monday to protest the incident. RJD has extended its support to the bandh.

Congress has also condemned the police firing, saying the "anti-people face of the NDA government has been exposed."


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