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Market ouster protest

More than 300 shopkeepers of Purana Bazar area staged a dharna-cum-public meeting on Wednesday at Ratneshwar temple campus to protest against the ongoing eviction drive to remove their business establishments.

The shops, which have been constructed illegally on railway land, are being razed in phases since January 17 for constructing an approach road to the upcoming Dhanbad station annexe.

On Wednesday, the traders during their dharna, which started from 11am and continued till 2.30pm,demanded that the railway authorities develop the approach road on the vacant land adjacent to the tracks near DAV School grounds in Dari Mohalla.

A meeting was also held at the dharna site under the chairmanship of Purana Bazar Chamber of Commerce president Ajay Narayan Lal during which the shopkeepers decided to apprise governor Syed Ahmed, chief minister Hemant Soren and East Central Railway general manager Madhuresh Kumar of their plight.

“We strongly oppose the move to convert Purana Bazar into a link between Joraphatak Road and the approach way to the new southern complex of Dhanbad station,” Lal said.

He added that they would again meet Dhanbad deputy commissioner Prashant Kumar and remind him about the site near DAV School grounds.

“The railways will not have to acquire any land for constructing the approach road there as it belongs to them only,” Lal said, adding that the construction cost would also be less in comparison to the one that would pass through Purana Bazar.