Jamshedpur: A dawn-to-dusk Jharkhand Bandh call has been given by the Jharkhand Disom Party (JDP) on July 25 to mount pressure on the state government to return the land acquired by it to set up professional educational institutions like IIT, IIM at Nagari in Ranchi, where villagers clashed with the police on July 4 last.

JDP president Salkhan Murmu said in a press statement that the Jharkhand government had "forcibly acquired" the land of poor farmers at Nagari and 34 adjacent villages for the purpose.

The CPM and CPI have also assured the JDP of their support to the bandh call, Murmu claimed.

Describing a five-member committee headed by state Land Revenue Minister Mathura Prasad Mahto in an effort to end the Nagari land dispute, Murmu branded the move as “farce” and demanded immediate return of the land.

Earlier, several persons including Superintendent of Police (Ranchi Rural) had been injured in a violent clash between the villagers and police after the boundary wall of the proposed education institutition was pulled down on July 4 last.

The state government had decided to utilize 227 acre land in Nagari to build higher educational institutions including IIM, IIT and a law university. Villagers were protesting the use of fertile land for building the educational hub.

JDP also hailed the decision of the CPI (ML), for giving a call for a Jharkhand Bandh on the same date on the Nagari issue.


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