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Feb 09, 2005 at 12:28am IST

Angry Nalanda farmers pelt stones at Bihar CM

New Delhi: Mayawati is not the only Chief Minister facing protests. In Bihar, agitating farmers raised slogans and pelted lumps of mud at Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Friday, protesting against inadequate compensation for their land which was acquired for the Nalanda International University project.

Farmers pelted lumps of mud at the CM when he and former president APJ Abdul Kalam was visiting the site of the proposed university on Friday.

Hundreds of angry farmers stages a demonstration, demanding more compensation for their lands. When Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar tried to pacify them, they pelted stones and mud at him.

UNDER ATTACK: Bihar CM Nitish Kumar says the incident was engineered by vested interests.

"The farmers shouted slogans against Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and district magistrate Anand Kishore for not giving them adequate compensation for farmlands acquired for the project," IANS quoted a police official as saying.

Upset over the incident, Nitish Kumar said it was engineered by vested interests and hinted that he would order an inquiry into it to expose the people behind it. "I was shocked and surprised when some people suddenly pelted stones. The incident was engineered," he said.

Nitish Kumar said after his return from the site that though security officials immediately threw a cordon around him, he was hit by at least four-five stones.

However, Nitish Kumar said the proposed university was his dream project and he would not climb down on it. "The work for development of the site will start soon," he said.

The Bihar government has acquired 446 acres of land at Rajgir near Nalanda to set up the university. Government officials claimed that the farmers had been paid compensation, but were demanding more money.

Former president APJ Abdul Kalam was appointed the first Visitor of the proposed university last year under the University of Nalanda Act, 2007.

Principal Secretary of Human Resource Development Department Anjani Kumar Singh said Kalam also attended first board meeting at 1 Anne Marg, the official residence of the chief minister.

(With agency inputs)

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