Bihar on high alert ahead of Ram navmi, gets central paramilitary assistance

The state government had demanded providing six companies of Rapid Action Force (RAF) but was provided four.

Ahead of the festival of Ram Navmi on April 5, the Bihar government has been provided four companies of paramilitary forces by the Centre to deal with any kind of communal tension in the state. The state government had demanded providing six companies of Rapid Action Force (RAF) but was provided four.

The four companies of paramilitary forces includes two companies of Rapid Action Force, one company of Sashastra Seema Bal and one company of Indo-Tibetan Border Police which will be deployed in sensitive districts in the state where the administration is anticipating occurrence of law and order issue following the Ram Navmi procession.

The entire state has been put on high alert after repeated incidents of communal tension being reported from various parts including sensitive districts like Gaya and Nawada year after year. The police headquarters this year has identified districts like Patna, Nalanda, Siwan and Chapra as sensitive where extra force deployment has been put in place.

Apart from the central security forces, the Bihar Military police, state's Rapid Action Force and Bihar police will be deployed in full strength to avert any untoward incident.