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Meeting discusses strategy to foil Jharkhand Bandh on May 14


Jamshedpur, May 11: East Singhbhum district administration is preparing strategy to ensure law and order during Jharkhand bandh on May 14.

The administration has decided to go for massive preventive arrests of leaders from JMM – the main Opposition party in Jharkhand — on May 13 in view of the Jharkhand bandh called by the political outfit to protest the domicile policy announced by the state government recently.

State chief secretary Rajbala Verma has directed deputy commissioners of various districts on Tuesday via a video conferencing to take all steps necessary to prevent untoward incidents and deploy extra force at sensitive spots during May 14 bandh.

East Singhbhum deputy commissioner Amitabh Kaushal held a meeting with senior police official including city SP Chandan Jha, rural SP M Arfi, Dhabhum SDO Suraj Kumar, all the deputy superintendent of police and officer-in-charge of all the 30 police stations in the district at the district collectorate on Wednesday and directed them to prepare lists of potential trouble-mongers in the JMM camp ahead of the bandh.

It may be recalled that large scale violence marked the 12-hour Kolhan bandh of JMM called to protest the state’s domicile policy and in view of Prime Minister’s visit to Jamshedpur for participating in the National Panchayati Raj Day function at the JRD Tata Sports Complex on April 24.

“We are all set to ensure law and order in the district. The police officials have been asked to maintain vigil and increase their information collection networks and vigil especially in sensitive areas of city and rural areas. The administration will undertake preventive arresting of habitual trouble-mongers before the offence,” said Kaushal.

Notices will also be issued to district level JMM leaders from the district administration informing about different actions which will be taken against them, as per law, if they infringe on constitutional rights of individuals especially in terms of movement, residence.

SDO Dhalbhum said that the administration will also conduct video recordings of bandh protagonists enforcing bandh forcefully so that documents can be produced for nailing the bandh supporters.

Similarly, railway authorities have also been directed to initiate actions as per Railway Act for those who enter in an unauthorized manner the Tatanagar railway station premises, platforms and squat on railway tracks.
Officials also said that force from RAF and JAP would be positioned at sensitive spots on May 14.

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