The demonstrations against sand mining policies of the Government of Bihar, turned violent at several places with the protesters raising anti-establishment slogans, burning effigies and tyres and damaging property at several places across Bihar on Tuesday.In the state capital, the Danapur area was affected for several hours when agitators blocked the roads and went on a rampage looting shops breaking windscreen of four-wheelers. “The government is targeting people of a particular community with its new policies. We will not let it happen,” they chorused. The police had to resort to lathicharge to bring the situation in control.In Maner, the crowd burnt police vehicles and pelted stones on cops, after they fired in the air to disperse them. Around 10 people sustained injuries. The mining and related construction activities are on a virtual standstill in the state, though people in the business claim that illegal mining is on as usual.The truck owners association have also effected a complete “chakka jam” beginning this week and parked their trucks to disrupt traffic on all major state and national highways in Bihar. Among the major affected areas were Koilwar bridge (Bhojpur), Maner, Munger, Barh and Sheikhpura. Long queues of bigger vehicles could be seen on these roads and commuters faced much trouble.At several places, the protesters offloaded their trucks and spilled sand on the roads while many of the masons and daily wage labourer blocked roads using their tools and other equipment. They have also restricted the entry of trucks arriving from other states, resulting in upping of prices of groceries and some essential goods.Meanwhile, Patna High Court on Tuesday deferred the pleas of truck owner association regarding the mining policies till the first week of January. However, the labourers, sand traders and truck owners said they will continue with their protests till the government met their demands and withdrew the new sand policy. The Opposition RJD has also called a Bihar-bandh on December 21 in this matter.BLOCKED ROADSAt several places, the protesters off loaded their trucks and spilled sand on the roads while many of the masons and daily wage labourer blocked roads using their tools and other equipment.
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