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Patna: Bihar CM Nitish Kumar on January 21 claimed that over three crore people joined the 13,000 km long Human Chain across 38 districts of Bihar in support of complete prohibition enforced in the state in April 2016.  Nitish Kumar, RJD president Lalu Prasad, state Congress president Ashok Chaudhury, Bihar assembly speaker Vijay
Kumar Chaudhury, Bihar Vidhan Parishad chairman Awadesh Narain Singh led the human chain at Patna and BJP  leaders participated at Siwan.
Nitish, at a press conference after the conclusion of Human Chain formation, claimed, “The Human Chain was unprecedented,unique and for a positive cause. In the past, big human chains were organsied in Bangladesh and Nepal against some decisions, but this was in support of prohibition. People of all sections, all professions and all age groups contributed to make a world record.” The state government used four small planes and 40 drones to capture images of Human Chain for three hours.
BJP leaders led by leader of opposition in Bihar assembly Prem Kumar, former deputy CM Sushil Kumar Modi, state BJP chief Nityanand Rai participated in the human chain at Siwan,where are participating in party’s state executive committee meeting. Union minister of state for medium and small scale industries Giriraj Singh declined to join the human chain alleging it was organised to make Nitish Kumar “shining”. PM Narendra Modi, during his visit to Patna on January 5, had complimented Nitish Kumar for his “courageous and cold” step to introduce prohibition.
Sex workers of Chaturbhuj Sthan at Muzaffarpur also joined the human chain with posters in support of total prohibition.

A school student died at Panipadra school under Baisi police station in Purnia  district. The local sub-divisional magistrate claimed the student was a patient of epilepsy. However, his class friends said the boy was
standing in the human chain without food and water for several hours. A large number of children had to be admitted to different hospitals as they became unconscious while standing in human chain at Aurangabad, Saharsa, Bhagalpur, Gopalganj, Begusarai, Dulhin Bazar in Patna and Purnia districts.

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