JVM supporters scuffle with policemen during their demonstration in Ranchi on Monday. Picture by Prashant Mitra
July 7: Around 200 JVM workers in Ranchi courted arrest today as the party staged rallies at all districts across Jharkhand to protest skyrocketing prices and soaring crime graph, threatening to intensify the agitation if the government failed to act.
Apart from the capital, where JVM workers provoked policemen while trying to prevent government employees from reaching office, the protest in other parts of the state remained more or less peaceful.
Hundreds of party workers started assembling at the JVM office in Ranchi from early morning. As a part of the scheduled programme, JVM workers, led by party principal general secretary Pradip Yadav, marched towards Project Building around 10am to stop government officials and political executives from going to office.
The police, who were prepared for the party agitators, stopped them near DPS Chowk. After some minor scuffles, agitators courted arrest and were taken to JAP guesthouse in Doranda. They were released later.
In his brief speech before being taken away by the police, party principal general secretary Yadav said children were not going to school because of the Maoist terror in Khunti. The law and order situation was equally bad in other districts, he added.
“The common people have lost faith in the official machinery. We should overthrow this government and for this, we should stay prepared for bigger challenges ahead,” Yadav added.
JVM chief Babulal Marandi, who led the party’s campaign in Dhanbad, slammed both central and state governments for failing on all fronts.
Addressing party workers who sat on a dharna at Randhir Verma Chowk, Marandi urged the masses to give his party an opportunity during the coming Assembly elections to make Jharkhand a better place. Several senior party leaders took part in the protest.
In Jamshedpur, JVM workers and leaders turned up in large numbers near the district collectorate to cash in on the popular sentiment against the recent hikes in railway fares and fuel.
Almost all senior leaders, including party’s central secretary Abhay Singh, took part in the three-hour-long mahadharna. A delegation of JVM leaders also submit a memorandum addressed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to East Singhbhum deputy commissioner Amitabh Kaushal, demanding that hikes in fuel and rail fares be rolled back immediately.