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Indigenous/Tribal Issues, Protests

Jharkhand Bandh on 25 July a great success

 

  The Jharkhand Disom Party with support of different tribal groups and the villagers of Nagri has called bandh on Wednesday against the acquisition of land at Nagri Mauza for the construction of education hub. The representatives of several political parties with Nagri villagers also took out a torchlight procession from Morhabadi to the Albert Ekka Chowk on the eve of the bandh.  http://www.dailypioneer.com/state-editions/ranchi/83285-jharkhand-disom-party-calls-state-wide-bandh-today.html

The locals near the Airport facing a similar problem have also come forward to support the bandh on July 25. “The bandh will be a landmark in the politics of Jharkhand as it will mobilise the people of the State. It is a sensitive matter and the Government must deal with it accordingly and should look for an alternative solution,” said the former Education Minister and Jharkhand Party chief Bandhu Tirky.

Tirky also said that the Government should consider the genuine demands of the villagers as cultivation is the main source of their livelihood. “The Government should shed its adamant stand in the matter and try to find out some alternative solution,” alleged Tirkey.

To attract people’s support, the villagers have also launched an awareness programme through ‘nukkad natak’ and public meetings at some of the prime locations of the city and hostels of schools and colleges. Some of the students are also said to have come in support of the agitation and participated in the torch-light procession on Tuesday.

“Some of the students have also promised us to support after the awareness program,” said Gladson Dung Dung an activist and a member of the Planning Commission of India. “People are being informed about the actual issues which we are concerned about and the role of Government and the court through nukkad nataks. They are also being convinced that our battle is not only for ourselves but for the people as a whole, if we win the battle on Nagri, its impact will be far reaching,” assured Dung Dung.

Besides the actual issues, people are also being informed about the alternatives and the offers been put before the Government to shift the construction site to the other 1,000 acre land being provided by the farmers.

The State Government however, tried to distribute the translated copy of the High Court order among the Nagri villagers but they refused to accept it saying that they are quite aware of the High Court order and will not settle on anything accept their own land-rights.

The High Court on July 16 had ordered the State Government to distribute translated copy of the High Court order so that the villagers get aware of the law related to the Land Acquisition Act in the State.

 

 

 

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