PATNA, July 27 : RJD chief Lalu Prasad was arrested here on Monday while demonstrating during the day-long Bihar bandh called to highlight and protest against the central government's failure to make public the caste-based census.
"Lalu Prasad was arrested at the Dak Bungalow Crossing in Patna along with hundreds of his party leaders including legislators and former ministers and supporters," police said.
Lalu Prasad was taken to a temporary camp at Bihar Military Police campus, police said.
Before being arrested, he exhorted the people from the 'Mandal' (the backward classes) to rise and uproot the 'kamandal' (anti-backward classes BJP).
The former Bihar chief minister also threatened to launch a bigger movement than the Mandal movement of the 1990s if the Narendra Modi government failed to make public the caste-based census data without further delay.
Rail services were on Monday hit hard after Rashtriya Janata Datl (RJD) workers halted several trains to enforce a state-wide shutdown. "Several trains were halted to enforce the shutdown," a police official informed.
Thousands of RJD supporters took to streets and blocked highways at various points across the state to ensure a successful shutdown, supported by the state's ruling Janata Dal-United (JD-U). ?IANS