Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Manu Maharaj said that the cops have detained people as they were protesting in a protected area near the Chief Minister's official residence, which were in violation of rules.

"The police forcibly detained us when we were demonstrating for our demands and they put us in different police stations in Patna," said Mahender Yadav, an activist of the Kosi Sangarsh Morcha, who along with hundreds was detained by the police and kept in Patliputra Colony police station.

"We will continue our protest till all people detained by police are released," said Ranjeev, an activist working for the rights of flood victims said.

Thousands of flood victims are still awaiting the construction of their houses under the state government's rehabilitation and reconstruction project after their houses were washed away by the flood in Kosi river five years ago.

The victims have been fighting for survival and living in temporary shelters.

Mahender Yadav said that under the project, 1,00,000 houses were to be constructed in the region but only 12,500 have been built.

According to the state government and the World Bank, 236,632 houses collapsed in the floods.

(Agencies)

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