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Sajal tour to Birsa village

Sajal Chakraborty at Dombariburu on Saturday

Ranchi, May 3: Acting chief secretary Sajal Chakraborty travelled 65km to visit the home village of tribal icon Birsa Munda today to connect with the people and encourage other bureaucrats to travel to the hinterlands to truly understand the state’s cultural diversity.

“I am born and brought up in Jharkhand and this is a very big religious place for me. There is a spirit called Chotanagpur which I wanted to feel,” said Chakraborty, referring to the historical significance of Dombariburu in Murhu block of neighbouring Khunti district, about 65km from Ranchi.

Chakraborty stressed on the need for frequent field visits by bureaucrats based in the headquarters. “You are able to gauge problems of a particular place only by spending several nights there,” said the 1980 batch IAS officer who rode a bike to visit a few places in and around Dombariburu, a Naxalite stronghold.

He was accompanied by Khunti deputy commissioner Samson Soy and SP Anish Gupta amid tight security provided by around 100 Cobra jawans posted in the area.

A hilly village, Dumbariburu witnessed a bloody battle between the British and the tribal army cobbled together by Birsa Munda over a century ago.


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