Jamshedpur: The villagers of Dungridih under Domjuri panchayat of Jadugora intensified campaign against alcoholism by organizing an awareness rally in the village on Tuesday.
Led by the village head Shyam Das Soren, the villagers drove away several tipplers during the procession. Raising slogans against addiction of all types, the protestors moved around the village informing the residents about the unanimous decision taken by the panchayat committee to disallow entry of drunkards into the village.
“The main purpose behind the rally is to prevent entry of alcoholics into the village. Many women of the village have been complaining regularly against their husbands and other people abusing them in an inebriated condition. If anyone is found drunk, they will not be allowed entry into the village, leave aside allowing them entry in their house,” said Soren, who was accompanied by Anita Murmu, the Mukhiya of Domjuri panchayat.
The villagers put up barriers at the village periphery to stop entry of tipplers and other addicts. The women as well as men of the village have joined hands against addiction.
Speaking about their campaign against addiction, the Mukhiya said the campaign had the single aim of freeing the village from the evil of alcoholism. Many drunkards have been driven out of the village so far, she said.
The villagers said they had demanded action by the district administration officials against the sale of illicit liquor. They said a good number of distilleries were being run in the village in an illegal manner. Such distilleries should be destroyed by the administration without delay, they said.
“The administration should remove the distilleries and arrest those involved in sale of illicit liquor or else we will be compelled to take to the streets and punish the culprits,” said one of the villagers.
The campaigners included Balram Tudu, Bablu Baskey, Galu Soren, Pradip Hansda, Prabhat Baskey, Viram Murmu, Sudhir Kashyap, Kailash Sardar, Lilmuni Soren, Lakshmi Tudu, Pano Soren and Parvati Murmu.