The Telegraph
Saturday , July 12 , 2014
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Traffic bears rally brunt

A massive rally in protest against the state government’s draft domicile policy acted as a major traffic-stopper in front of the district collectorate in Jamshedpur on Friday.

Nearly 500 members of Jharkhand Vasi Asmita Manch, a non-political outfit fighting for the cause of non-tribals, marched over 3km from Agrico grounds to the collectorate in Sakchi, where they converged to listen to an address by convener Anand Bihari Dubey around noon.

As Dubey spoke for nearly 25 minutes, traffic on Subernarekha Link Road, which links the district collectorate with Mango on one side and Sakchi on the other, came to a halt. The artery, which witnesses flow of over 1 lakh vehicles every day, remained clogged for about an hour.

“I waited for 40 minutes and then somehow managed to make my way through the crowd. But four-wheelers had no option but to wait for more than an hour or take the circuitous route via The Bengal Club,” said biker Sukanto Mishra, a medical representative with a MNC.

Manch members, however, refused to admit that they had caused inconvenience to the public. “We did not agitate on the road. Neither did we block traffic. May be, the huge turnout caused for vehicular movement,” said Anand Bihari Dubey.

He went on to add how the issue on which they were agitating was more important than traffic congestion of few minutes.

The administration also pleaded ignorance. “The manch had taken permission for the rally. I am not aware of any traffic problem caused by it. We had deputed a magistrate to monitor law and order and will seek a report from him,” said Dhalbhum sub-divisional magistrate Prem Ranjan.