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JVM seeks special probe

Babulal Marandi in Ranchi on Friday. Telegraph picture

Ranchi: JVM president Babulal Marandi on Friday demanded the formation of a special investigation team to identify those who incited social tension in different parts of state in the past few days and bring them to book.

Marandi, who was addressing a news meet, threatened to launch peaceful protests if the state government didn't meet his demand.

Citing the incidents of stone-pelting on a Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha rally on Main Road and the attack on a cleric on the outskirts of the capital on June 10, Marandi said, "This government wants people to fight among themselves, which will come in handy during 2019 elections."

He said the governments at the Centre and the state hadn't fulfilled a single promise they made during the 2014 polls.

"Our children are failing matric exams, youths are migrating to Afghanistan for jobs and farmers are committing suicides," he added. He also said if the JVM came to power, it would nullify the amended land acquisition laws and MoUs with industrial giants.

Refuting Marandi's claims state BJP spokesman Pratul Shahdeo said the state government was acting tough on trouble mongers. He said around 25 persons had been rounded up and more arrests were in the offing. "Our government is committed to providing security to all," he said at a news meet.

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