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Bandh to step up Nagri heat today

Ranchi, Sept. 14: Jharkhand Disom Party (JDP) has called a state-wide bandh tomorrow in support of a host of demands — the main one being restoration of land to Nagri villagers.

Their other demands include formulation of a state domicile policy, education in mother tongue and regularisation of services of para-teachers.

Jharkhand Bachao Andolan and Communist Party of India (Marxist) are supporting the shutdown.

JDP chief Salkhan Murmu, however, said schools, colleges and other essential services would be exempted although bandh enforcers would block roads and rail routes.

The schools that have decided to stay open are DAV group of schools, Surendranath Centenary School, Kairali School, St Xavier’s School, Oxford Public School and Loreto Convent. Principal of DAV, Kapil Dev, M.K. Sinha said students from classes VIII to XII would have to come as the mid-term examination was going on. “However, the school will remain closed for students from LKG to Class VII,” Sinha said.

Principal of Surendranath Centenary Samita Sinha also cited mid-term examinations as the reason behind keeping the school open.

In another development, several tribal organisations today held a meeting at XISS to discuss the Nagri deadlock.

Dayamani Barla said the villagers who want their land — taken away by the government for construction of three premier cradles — back and activists had decided to step up the agitation.

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