Lalu's Supporters Attack BJP Workers following CBI Raids in Delhi

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Patna: A day after the CBI and the Income Tax department in Delhi raided nearly two dozen places allegedly owned by Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Lalu Prasad Yadav or one of his family members, violence broke out in Patna on Wednesday when lathi-wielding, half-naked supporters of the RJD chief clashed with Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) activists outside the BJP office on Birchand Patel Marg.

Protesting the raids in Delhi and accusing Bihar BJP leader and former Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi of falsely accusing Yadav or many of his family members, including two of his sons who are part of the Nitish government, the RJD workers, or the party's 'Lathi Brigade' as it is known in the RJD circle, marched towards the BJP office in a threatening way.

Chanting anti-BJP and anti-Sushil Modi slogans, the RJD protestors then attacked the security guards and BJP workers by lathis while also pelting stones at them. Within no time, an all-out battle ensued with both sides pelting stones at each other.

The half-naked RJD workers, while shouting slogans like 'Lalu Zindabad' and 'Sushil Modi Hai Hai', attacked the BJP workers who were caught off guard when hundreds of Lalu supporters tried to force their entry into the BJP office.

It took at least 20 minutes before the police jumped into action and chased the protestors by resorting to mild lathi-charge. At least half a dozen people were believed to be injured in the brick-batting and the melee that followed.

While this clash was taking place, top BJP leaders in Bihar including Sushil Kumar Modi, party state President Nityanand Rai, and Arun Kumar Sinha were sitting at a dharna just blocks away in Gardanibagh to demand a full CBI probe in Yadav and his family members' financial dealings.

The BJP leaders condemned the incident saying it was Lalu Prasad Yadav who was instigating tension in Bihar and asked Chief Minister Nitish Kumar to take appropriate actions against the RJD leader and the workers.

"This is a sign of frustration and anger on Lalu's part who is now facing new enquiries about amassing wealth disproportionate to their known sources of income," senior BJP leader Nand Kishore Yadav said.

RJD leaders, meanwhile, said that the protest was peaceful and it were the BJP workers who began the assault on the RJD workers that led to the clash on Birchand Patel Marg.

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