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Jharkhand at a Glance

Eight held in temple fiasco

Hazaribagh: The arrest of eight persons, including a retired Vinoba Bhave University (VBU) professor, on Thursday has sparked off tension in Matwari.

A police team, led by circle officer (sadar), destroyed a partially-constructed temple in Matwari and arrested eight persons on charges of carrying out illegal construction work on government land.

Sources said the policemen damaged the cemented floor on which a shivling was erected a few days ago. They even damaged gates of the temple. When local residents, including retired VBU professor R.P. Singh, leader of the employees' association Ram Niwas Sharma, development officer of Life Insurance Corporation Akhilesh Singh, Sanjeet Kumar Singh and Tinku Singh reached the spot to enquire what was going on, the police arrested them, along with three others. They were charged with conducting illegal construction work. The eight persons protested against the arrest and said they had nothing to do with the construction work.

But the police paid no heed to their pleas and they were taken to the subdivisional police station. After several hours they were released on bond.

The circle officer said the operation was conducted under the anti-encroachment drive.

Local residents, however, said if the team had damaged the temple under the anti-encroachment drive, then why did they leave another temple, located a few meters away, untouched. They said the district administration should have informed them before taking such an action.

Rs 50000 destroyed

Chandil: Property worth Rs 50,000 was destroyed at Adardih village in Nimdih when a fire broke out at the house of one Vidhan Rajak.

Eyewitnesses said a major mishap was averted when the neighbours sprang into action and brought the blaze under control. The reason for the fire is yet to be found. Officer in-charge of Nimdih police station, Dhananjay Kumar said the victim would be given compensation.

School plans

Ghatshila: A team of Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti officials inspected areas in Ghatshila subdivision for the construction of the proposed Navodaya Vidyalaya in East Singhbhum. The team, led by P.S. Bansal, deputy director of Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti, visited two proposed spots at Galudih and Barshol to identify the area for the school. Sources said the administration has provided 18.1 acre land in Galudih and 30 acre in Barshol for the construction of the school. The school will be bulit under a Central government scheme that has proposed a Navodaya Vidyalaya for every district in the country.

Injured dies

Chaibasa: Mohammad Kamruddin of Jamtara, who sustained injuries in a train accident near Sini railway station in Chakradharpur on Wednesday night, died at the Chakradharpur subdivisional hospital on Thursday. The body has been sent for post-mortem, sources said


Chaibasa: Four youths from Jamshedpur met with an accident when they were going to the Kera Temple, a few kilometres away from the district headquarters, on Thursday. The youths have been identified as Naresh Mukhi, Dwaresh Kumar Singh, Ranjit Mukhi and Rabindra Kumar. Except Singh, the condition of all the three was stated to be stable. Singh has been referred to MGM, while the others are undergoing treatment at the divisional hospital. The accident occurred when the driver of the car in which they were travelling lost control and hit a tree.

Two arrested

Bokaro: Bokaro police arrested two criminals, Mithilesh Kumar Gautam and Sunil Kumar Choubey, on Thursday. The police said three other criminals were also arrested from Chandrapura village under Petarwar police station. Gomia police also raided three places on Jharkhand-Bengal border and Purulia to nab the four criminals who looted Rs 55,000 from a trader on Wednesday.

Paswan visit

Bokaro: Union Steel minister Ram Vilas Paswan will make a day's official visit to Bokaro on April 21. Sources said the minister will announce several welfare programmes for the workers of Bokaro Steel Limited, which has recorded a huge profit in the last financial year. Paswan will also inaugurate a statue of Baba Rao Ambedkar.


Children of Ramakrishna Mission on Thursday celebrated the 33rd annual Vasanti Durga Mahotsav on its premises in Sidhgora. Apart from religious discourses, kirtan, bhog and arti were also organised.

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