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Power project protest snowballs

Dumka, Aug. 19: Hundreds of people took to the streets today under the banner of Jharkhand Ulgulan Manch in protest against the arrest of a person spearheading a movement opposing the proposed power plant in the area.

The arrest of Hopna Baski, the village head of Amgachhi, agitated residents to such an extent that they squatted on a daylong dharna in the court compound today demanding Baski’s immediate release. The members of Jharkhand Ulgulan Manch handed a memorandum to the officials.

Jal jangal aur zameen hamara, raj tumhara nahin chalega (water, land and forests are ours, you can’t rule over us)” read the huge banner of the Ulgulan Manch which also mentioned that even Parliament cannot override the authority of the Gram Sabhas.

The much-hyped rehabilitation policy of the state appears to have to failed to entice villagers to give land for paving the proposed industrialisation path in the state.

Munni Hansdak, the convener of the Jharkhand Ulgulan Manch, alleged that the state executed MoUs with private companies without taking the Gram Sabhas into confidence, which have the sole discretion to deal with the matter of transfer of land according to the Santhal Pargana Tenancy Act.

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