Jamshedpur :Twenty-six freedom fighters who were to be felicitated by the Jharkhand government on the occasion of Independence Day here did not turn up in protest against government’s "apathy to keep its promise".
     
The 26 freedom fighters of the East Singhbhum district were listed to be honoured at Gopal Maidan on the occasion of Independence Day but the tent set up for them remained vacant.
       
Freedom fighters have accused that the government had promised to provide them houses or plot for construction of houses last year but they did not fulfil the promise.
      
Alleging that the state government had not taken any initiative in this regard as yet,the freedom fighters decided to refrain from taking part in the   celebration,Jagannath Mohanty,spokesman of Singhbhum Zila Swantrata Senani Sangathan,said here.
     
He said that former Deputy Chief minister Raghuvar Das had promised to build 
houses or allot plots to them in three months time while unfurling national flag on this day last year.
        
Das in fact had initiated steps in this regard but the district administration adopted negligent approach,he said.
          
When contacted for his reaction,Jharkhand Deputy Chief Minister Hemant Soren who hoisted the national flag on this occasion, said the government would take an initiative and keep its promise in six months time.