11,000-Km-Long Human Chain Supporting Prohibition Policy In Bihar

Lakhs of people joined hands to form a human chain in support of liquor prohibition, to which the ruling JD(U) said stretched for more than 11,000 kms across 38 districts.

Three ISRO satellites, four trainer aircraft, choppers and 40 drones filmed the entire event played out over 3,000 km of National Highways and 8,285 km of state highways and roads.

The human chain is estimated to cover a distance of 11,292 km involving two crore citizens.

The 45-minute-long human chain started at 12:15 PM at the historic Gandhi Maidan when Chief Minister Nitish Kumar floated colourful balloons, and ended at 1 PM.

The Bihar human chain is tipped to be the world's longest so far. The previous record is of 1050-km-long human chain which was formed in Bangladesh in 2004.

Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar, who kept a poll promise by announcing total prohibition on April 5 last, led the landmark event which was also attended by RJD chief Lalu Prasad and state Congress chief Ashok Choudhury.

The chain was billed as a social message against addiction, and specifically in favour of prohibition,

Despite opposition from many, the Kumar government has clamped down severely on anyone found violating the ban.

The event was anchored by education department officials, said an estimated 1.57 crore government school children, 5 lakh college students, 4 lakh teachers and 70 lakh self-help group women, powered the event, along with some 1.70 lakh Anganwadi workers.

The state had got 1.20 crore families of students to sign a document supporting prohibition last September. However, BJP leaders, who had gathered for the party’s state executive meeting in Siwan, played down the event, describing it as the government’s “spider web to distract people from the failing law and order situation”.

Union minister Giriraj Singh refused to participate in the event despite Prime Minister Narendra Modi on January 5 praised the resilience of the chief minister in initiating this “brave move”. Spiritual leader, Dalai Lama, had also praised the measure on January 13.

News24 Bureau