Jharkhand: Hundreds detained as opposition parties protest against changes in land acquisition bill

Ranchi, July 5: Hundreds of protestors were reportedly detained across Jharkhand on Thursday during a statewide shutdown against the amendments proposed by the Bharatiya Janata Party government in connection with the Land Acquisition Bill 2013. 

As Jharkhand is observing a day-long bandh, traders have kept their shutters down, party workers and others took to streets and were seen holding protests with flags and banners.

The bandh across the state received support from Congress, Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) and Jharkhand Vikas Morcha (Prajatantrik) (JVM). In view of protest, schools across the state are also closed today.

Banners across the state have been put up announcing a peaceful demonstration on July 16 at the Governor’s residence.

Jharkhand CPI Secretary Ajay Kumar told media “This is a fight for Jharkhand because the people of Jharkhand have always been neglected. There was no need for any amendments to the bill”.

The Raghubar Das government introduced the Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act 2013 (Jharkhand Amendment) Bill.

According to the bill, purchasing land in the state for educational institutes, home and other infrastructure developments will not require social impact assessment (SIA) which was mandatory in the LARR act, with exceptions for special cases.

However, the changes got away with the impact assessment clause of the bill.

As per the ruling state government, SIA delays project and development.

Addressing media on Wednesday, DGP D K Pandey that around 5,000 policemen and magistrates had been deployed all across the state to maintain law and order.

Speaking to ANI, Ranchi Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Shyama Nandan Mandal said actions will be taken if there is any case of violence during the strike.

“Peaceful protest will definitely be allowed. However, if we see violence anywhere strong action will be taken,” he added.


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