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short cut to hell

A petrified child gets an arm-prop from his imprudent guardian (left) in front of an approaching train while other equally injudicious commuters crawl under bogies (top left) of a superfast train, waiting for the green light, in order to save time and beat distance as the HEC Gate, linking Birsa Chowk to Dhurwa, in Ranchi remained closed for the Assembly session on Monday.

Normal life is thrown out of gear every time the House meets because free passage to Dhurwa is blocked in anticipation of agitation by various outfits. Sensible citizens queue up (above) outside the HEC Gate to make best use of the single-man window. The impatient ones risk life and limb to cross unmanned tracks on foot, instead of waiting to walk through the gate one by one or taking a 3km vehicular detour.

Monday was no different with families displaced by DVCís Maithon project sitting on a dharna at Birsa Chowk, demanding compensatory jobs. NRHM workers too staged demonstrations, seeking regularisation of their services.

Miseries doubled when JVM workers reached Satellite Colony Chowk around 2pm to gherao the Assembly. Police used mild force to prevent party workers from making their way to Dhurwa, which made the situation chaotic. The road leading to Shyamali Colony remained choked (top right) for over two hours as all school buses and even SUVs carrying VIPs were diverted through this narrow bylane.

Text by Sudhir Kumar Mishra;

pictures by Prashant Mitra