Private armies have been on the rampage in the last week. Isn't it possible to keep a check on them?
Private armies like the Ranvir Sena are being funded by one caste in the state. It is being backed by the BJP, which comprises feudal elements and known destabilisers. Killings such as these are being engineered to malign my government. Even though I have banned private armies, it is impossible to control their movements. They cannot hold public meetings, but how can anyone stop their movements? And it is not written on anybody's face what his affiliation is.
But steps have to be taken.
Yes they have to be. I am personally conducting raids. Last night I visited brick kilns around Patna district and rescued women who were being molested by landlord goons. (He presents a woman, Sangeeta, and her child—rescued personally by him). Take this case as an example. The molestation was being carried out by known BJP leaders in the district.
Who are these BJP leaders?
Among others, C.P. Thakur, a former MP who I...