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JDP’s statewide bandh call evokes lukewarm response in Kolhan

Jamshedpur: The statewide bandh called by Jharkhand Dishom Party against the land acquisition law on Monday failed to evoke much response in Kolhan. In urban areas, the bandh had no impact. At a few places in rural areas, the bandh supporters forced several shops to close down in support of bandh.

The JDP activists burnt tyres on the main road in Karandih and Rajnagar and raised slogans against the state government to protest against the land acquisition laws. Vehicles were stopped on the Seraikela-Chaibasa main road. The bandh supporters forced traders to down their shutters in Karandih. In Ghatsila, the bandh had only partial impact on normal life as shops and offices remained open.

In Rajnagar, district JDP president Sugnath Hembram blocked the Tata-Chaibasa main road (NH220) for four hours. A large number of party workers including women raised anti-state government slogans and demanded revocation of the land acquisition law. JDP president Salkhan Murmu said the land acquisition law was a ‘death warrant’ for the Adivasis and Moolvasis of Jharkhand.

In view of the bandh call, district police had made elaborate security arrangements across the district, especially along the highway. The bandh had partial impact in Chaibasa, Chakradharpur and Seraikela.

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