Jamshedpur (Jharkhand): Agitating adivasis on Sunday blocked the main road in Sonari in Jamshedpur, forcing Jharkhand Governor Dr Syed Ahmed to take an alternative route to return to Ranchi after a programme.

Adivasi Mahasabha activists are on dharna in front of the East Singhbhum district Deputy Commissioner's office since September 22 in protest against the recent public hearing for the proposed three million tonne steel plant to be set up by Bhusan Power and Steel Company at Potka.

The Governor was in Jamshedpur to attend a programme organised by Jamshedpur Diocese to mark its Golden Jubilee at the Loyola School ground here, official sources said.

As soon as Dr Ahmed came out of the venue, hundreds of Mahasabha activists lay down on the road, forcing the district administration to take an alternative route for leading the Governor to Sonari aerodrome, from where he took an aircraft to reach Ranchi.

Mahasabha's secretary Jasai Mardi claimed they had to protest in this manner as the district administration was reluctant to pay heed to their demand for immediate cancellation of the public hearing held on September 24.

The activists were waiting outside Sonari Aerodrome to meet the Governor, the custodian of the Schedule area, to apprise him of their problem, but they failed to meet him as the district administration was not willing, he alleged.

"We are on dharna since September 22 but no district official has held any talks with us," Mardi claimed.

He also charged the steel company of acquiring 450 acres in Potka, which came under Schedule area, and thus violating the Chotanagapur Tenancy Act.

Asked whether action would be taken against the Mahasabha activists, police said senior officials would have to take a decision in this regard.


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