Immediate action against JPN Singh for assaulting the Director of Bihar Museum Mr Yusuf

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Shri Nitish Kumar,
Honourable Chief Minister,
Government of Bihar, 
Patna Secretariat, Patna - 800001

Subject: Immediate and stern action against Mr Jai Prakash Narayan Singh, Associate Director, Bihar Museum for physically assaulting the incumbent Director Mr Yusuf, damaging public property and staining the image of Bihar Museum.

Dear Sir,

We the undersigned artists, curators, writers and scholars strongly condemn the assault on the well-known artist and arts administrator Mr Yusuf, the incumbent Director of the Bihar Museum. Mr Jai Prakash Narayan Singh, the Additional Director of Bihar Museum, physically assaulted Mr Yusuf in his chamber on May 27, 2018, after the latter objected to Singh’s corrupt deeds.  Mr Yusuf suffered serious injuries and was rushed to the hospital by the police after a museum employee reported the incident. It is utterly shocking and shameful that a hoodlum like Singh held such a prestigious position in a cultural institution.

 While we appreciate the authorities for taking immediate action against Mr Singh, we feel his removal from the position is not enough. We demand a stern action for the crime he has committed. We demand that Mr Singh is slapped with relevant criminal charges for assault, damaging public property, heaping upon Mr Yusuf a torrent of most opprobrious epithets and invectives, and above all staining the image of a cultural institution. We urge you on behalf of the arts and culture fraternity of India to ensure appropriate penalties and punishment for Mr Singh and set a precedent so that appalling events like this do not recur in future. We also demand that Mr Yusuf be provided with adequate security to ensure his safety. What is truly at the stake here is the self-esteem of the cultural fraternity of India and we urgently demand proportionate measures to redeem this disgusting embarrassment. We look forward to a prompt and constructive response from your end.