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Tribals against giving lands for Indian Institute of Management.

Ranchi, June 9, 2012

Around 2,500 tribals, gathered under the aegis of Jamin Bachao Andolan Morcha, today protested against the construction of National University for Study and Research in Law (NUSRL) and Indian Institute of Management on 227 acres at Nagri block in Kanke police station area.

Around 11.30am, residents of 35 villages in Nagri block, including Patgi, Bukru, Chama, Husir, Ekamba and Sukurhuttu, reached the protest venue, which is 10km away from Nagri, to sit on dharna till 4.30pm.

The demonstration, organised 40 days after Jharkhand High Court directed home secretary J.B. Tubid to start construction work, saw women dressed as men carrying sharp weapons to express their anger.

Carrying placards that said the villagers were ready to sacrifice their lives but not part with their land, the protesters included firebrand tribal leaders Dayamani Barla, Bandhu Tirkey and Salkhan Murmu.

“The construction site is fertile land where crops were being grown till recently. Thus, it is not proper to use the land for construction of the law university and IIM. If the government is really interested in constructing campuses, it should choose land which is not used for agricultural purposes. The only motive of the government is to grab tribal land and not development,” Barla alleged.

Tirkey in his speech asked how the government could take land when it belonged to tribals. He added that tribals did not see any benefits for themselves in the projects and were hence not interested.

Murmu alleged that subsequent governors of the state had not paid attention to the problems facing tribals.

“Jharkhand comes in the fifth schedule of the Constitution and has special status due to presence of tribals. The governor of this state can intervene in land related issues and stop work which is not in the interest of tribals. But that is not being done here,” he said.

During the demonstration, the road connecting main gate of Raj Bhavan with the city was barricaded and commuters normally using the road to go Kanke and Morabadi, were diverted via Ratu Road and Morabadi.



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