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Salkhan burns HC effigy

Ranchi, Oct. 4: Jharkhand Disom Party chief Salkhan Murmu courted arrest and political limelight today while burning an effigy of the high court near Raj Bhavan to protest against the judiciary’s stand on Nagri land.

Murmu, who was arrested around 4pm and granted bail with three supporters on a surety of Rs 10,000 three hours later, claimed he did not regret what he did and was even ready to face “a death sentence”.

“I want to make Nagri a national debate. Jharkhand High Court is only considering the Land Acquisition Act of 1894 and blatantly ignoring provisions of Fifth Schedule Area, Chotanagpur Tenancy Act, PESA, Samata Judgment and orders passed by Supreme Court. Last month, the apex court gave two landmark judgments, stating Scheduled Tribe lands can’t be acquired by the government or firms,” he said.

He added he did not understand why the high court went on commenting there was no rule of law in Jharkhand.

“Nagri residents are simply unwilling to part with land, which falls under Fifth Schedule area. The governor is responsible for executing Fifth Schedule provisions, the state has a vital role to play.”

A former Lok Sabha member from Mayurbhanj, Odisha, Murmu had been fasting near Raj Bhavan since October 2, asking the state to return the Nagri land to tribal settlers.

As he had announced beforehand that he would burn the high court effigy at Albert Ekka Chowk on Thursday at 4pm, he was stopped by Ranchi district administration.

Sensing imminent arrest, he burnt the court effigy right where he was. Then, Murmu, his party vice-president Sonaram Tuddu, youth wing state president Kumar Akash Tuddu and Ranchi district president Rajendra Kant Mahto were taken to Jagannathpur and Kotwali police stations.