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JVM piles pressure on Panem

Dumka, Nov. 23: Babulal Marandi today urged the heads of the district units and wings of the JVM in Santhal Pargana to join the agitation against Panem Coal Mines Limited, pressuring the company and the state government to implement all provisions of a six-year-old agreement with displaced people in Pakur.

Marandi summoned all the six district presidents of JVM and other senior functionaries at Pachuara village, a day after two senior officials of Panem failed to persuade him and Congress leader Stephen Marandi to call off the indefinite strike that entered the eighth day.

The JVM president told The Telegraph over phone that the two officials — Panem’s CEO-cum-director Vikash Mukherjee and project director (senior) N.C. Mukherjee — were not competent enough to assure anything substantive regarding provisions of the MoU promised to displaced people in 2006.

“We will continue the agitation until and unless the CMD of EMTA and a competent government official come to give us a written assurance to implement the agreements within a definite time frame,” Marandi said.

He said the JVM would now extend the agitation to entire Santhal Pargana to pressurise the state government to come forward with proper solutions.

The former chief minister has directed the district presidents of the party to organise dharnas in all the block headquarters on November 27.

The youth wings of the six districts will also organise a torch rally on November 26 against the government and Panem — a joint venture company of the Punjab state power board and Bengal-based EMTA.

Meanwhile, in a move to mobilise masses against the ongoing dharna of the Marandis, a section of the displaced people of Alubeda, adjacent to Pachuara, held a demonstration today, terming the anti-Panem agitation as politically motivated.

The demonstration was led by Pradhan Murmu and Ranjan Marandi, both accused in the murder of Sister Valsa John in Pachaura last year and currently out on bail.

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