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- Chowks to be named after Balihar, Durga

Slain Pakur superintendent of police (SP) Amarjit Balihar will be remembered on the capital’s roads.

The civic body has decided to name Dangratoli Chowk after the Ranchi-based police officer, who was killed in Maoist ambush in Dumka on July 2.

Another square, which has recently come up near Lowadih after construction of an overbridge at Namkum railway crossing, will be dedicated to chief minister Hemant Soren’s elder brother Durga.

“Yes, we have prepared a plan to name the two squares, both situated on Ranchi-Purulia Road, after Amarjit Balihar and Durga Soren. The proposal will be placed at the civic body’s board meeting tomorrow (Saturday),” said Sanjeev Vijayvargiya, deputy mayor of Ranchi Municipal Corp-oration.

Balihar’s family resides at Pathalkudwa, which is about a kilometre from Dangratoli Chowk. The small square, located at the intersection of Circular Road and Purulia Road, got is present name from the locality.

In comparison, the chowk near Lowadih at the starting point of Namkum’s railway overbridge is huge. JMM supporters had been lobbying hard to get the square named after their dead leader Durga, the elder son of party chief Shibu Soren. Now with JMM at the helm of affairs, the wish looks set to be fulfilled.

Durga died at the family’s Bokaro home on May 22, 2009. The night before, he had reportedly gone to bed late and did not wake up the following morning.


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