Forbesganj: Extending a "healing touch", Rahul Gandhi on Friday met the families of victims of Forbesganj police firing in Bihar's Araria district and assured them justice.

The Congress General Secretary, who went to the house of a boy, Md Rashid Ansari who was injured in the firing, said that all assistance would be provided to the victims.  He also spoke to Ansari's mother Phulia Khatoon.

Gandhi directed state Congress president Choudhary Mehboob Ali Kaiser to bring the injured boy to New Delhi for treatment.

The Congress leader also went around the starch factory at Bhajanpura, where the firing took place on June 3 claiming four lives. He, however, left after a group of persons standing there with flags tried to draw his attention to the loss of property in the arson before the firing.

Kaiser said Gandhi met the bereaved families besides those injured. "The visit has nothing to do with politics and is to give a healing touch," he said.

Reacting to Gandhi's visit, Deputy Chief Minister S K Modi said, "I am not against the Congress leader's visit to Forbesganj, but he also should have gone to Bhagalpur where hundreds of people died during the riots when the Congress was in power in Bihar".

(Agencies)