Jamshedpur, Oct. 26: The East Singhbhum district administration detained around 400 JVM leaders and supporters, including Jamshedpur MP Ajoy Kumar, to frustrate the party’s proposed 48-hour NH-33 blockade from today.
However, “radar-less” party workers resorted to “guerrilla” tactics — they stopped vehicles and deflated their tyres randomly — at different places to cause temporary chaos on NH-33, which links the state capital with the industrial hub of Jamshedpur as well as Bengal and Odisha.
The JVM had planned the agitation to protest the poor condition of an 80km stretch of the highway between Baharagora in East Singhbhum and Chandil in Seraikela-Kharsawan district.
But an alert police detained MP Kumar from his Circuit House area residence around 5.10am and kept him at Telco police station. Similarly, JVM central secretary Abhay Singh was held from his Kasidih home at 4.50am and taken to Govindpur police station. Three-time MLA Dulal Bhuiyan and party district president Firoz Khan were picked up from Bhuiyandih and Pardih, respectively.
The administration had also made elaborate arrangements at Mango bridge and other thoroughfares leading to NH-33 to prevent the supporters from assembling there.
But the JVM members were not deterred. They created intermittent jams between Pardih Kali Mandir and Baharagora. Vehicle movement was disrupted at Phuldungri square (Ghatshila), Chakulia, Jagannathpur and Barsole in Baharagora.
SP (city) Karthik S. said the detentions were made under Section 151 of the CrPC (arrest to prevent commission of cognisable offence). “The move will continue till the proposed duration of the agitation passes off,” the SP said.
However, the JVM leaders were released around 7.30pm.
After his release, the Jamshedpur MP threatened to block the highway tomorrow morning.