The BJP, a ruling coalition partner in Bihar, has accused the State administration of acting in a partisan manner in dealing with the communal clashes that broke out in several districts during the last week’s Ram Navmi celebrations. Recently, the State government had released funds for the repair of mosques, shops and madrassas damaged in the communal clashes — a move questioned by the State BJP leaders.A team of BJP leaders from the State met the police chief K.S. Dwivedi on Friday and submitted a memorandum asking why action was being taken only against members of the majority community for communal flare-ups alleging that members from both communities were involved and had suffered losses.The delegation demanded the “release of all innocent people and a high-level enquiry into the alleged partisan approach adopted by the police.”“This policy of appeasing one community has never paid off for the country,” said senior State BJP leader and former party MP C.P. Thakur. Communal incidents were witnessed in six districts in which several people were injured, shops gutted and mosques damaged. A total of 15 cases were registered by police and 214 people were arrested. The Opposition parties have charged Chief Minister Nitish Kumar of “surrendering before the aggressive BJP”.
The West Indies team on tour of India have been depleted further after opener Evin Lewis pulled out of the One-Day Internationals (ODIs) and Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is) citing personal reasons.Lewis was not a part of the West Indian Test team and was called for ODIs and T20Is, where he can be at his destructive best.The first ODI is to be played on October 21 in Guwahati while the five-match ODI series ends in Thiruvananthapuram on November 1.Recently, Lewis had also declined a central contract by Cricket West Indies, that potentially made him more available for T20 leagues around the world — something that big stars from the region like Chris Gayle have done.Also read – West Indies coach Stuart Law suspended for 2 ODIs for breaching ICC Code of ConductLewis’ blow comes for the West Indies after Gayle, who is playing the Afghanistan Premier League in Sharjah, made himself unavailable for the series in India.Lewis’ would have come handy in India, having played for Mumbai Indians in the IPL. He has two ODI hundreds in 35 games and as many in T20 format in just 17 matches.Also read – Umesh Yadav replaces Shardul Thakur for first two ODIs vs West IndiesKieran Powell will replace Lewis in ODIs while Nicholas Pooran will take his place in the T20s. Uncapped pacer Obed McCoy has also been drafted into both the squads.”Powell and Pooran have been asked to replace Evin Lewis in the ODI and T20I squads; while McCoy will replace Alzarri Joseph, who remains under observation for his return to full fitness,” a Cricket West Indies statement read.advertisementAlso read – MCA members file petition against BCCI’s decision to shift ODI out of WankhedeRevised West Indies squad (ODI): Jason Holder (Captain), Fabian Allen Sunil Ambris, Devendra Bishoo, Chanderpaul Hemraj, Shimron Hetmyer, Shai Hope, Obed McCoy, Ashley Nurse, Keemo Paul, Kieran Powell, Rovman Powell, Kemar Roach, Marlon Samuels and Oshane Thomas.T20 squad: Carlos Brathwaite (Captain), Fabian Allen, Darren Bravo, Shimron Hetmyer, Obed McCoy, Ashley Nurse, Keemo Paul, Khary Pierre, Kieron Pollard, Nicholas Pooran, Rovman Powell, Denesh Ramdin, Andre Russell, Sherfane Rutherford and Oshane Thomas.(With PTI inputs)