Jamshedpur, June 11: Acting in response to the economic blockade of the national highway (NH-33) called by the Jharkhand Vikas Morcha Prajatantrik (JVM-P), the East Singhbhum district administration has stepped up vigil in the entire area. The police have already arrested over 100 party workers to foil their move to block movement of commercial vehicles on the highway.
The party has called for a state-wide economic blockade on June 11 and 12 to protesting against the domicile policy notified by the Raghubar Das government.
Meanwhile, as per the program, several party activists gathered at the Pardih Chowk on NH 33. They were arrested by the police.
The blockade is aimed at preventing movement of commercial vehicles on the 70km stretch between Pardih and Badsol on the Bengal-Jharkhand border in East Singhbhum. However, timely intervention of the police foiled the plans.
The party activists were camping at different points on the NH passing through East Singhbhum, including Pardih Kali Mandir, Bhilaipahari, Ghatshila Phuldungri Chowk, Jaganathpur Chowk, Bahragora and Badsol. JVM leaders have expressed angst against the administration and said that the arrests were carried on direction of state government.
JVM secretary Abhay Singh said his party would play an active role in the economic blockade. He said the blockade has been called against the domicile policy which crushes aspirations of the people of Jharkhand.
The secretary said that the state government so far has failed to take any steps to curb corruption or bring welfare projects on track. “We do not expect much from the Government. Moreover we have seen the prior reigns of BJP-led governments. Even then the party failed to work for the development of the state.
People across the state are not very much hopeful about the functioning of this government,” he noted.
The economic blockade started at 6 a.m. as per schedule during which activists tried to stop heavy vehicle including trucks, trailers and dumpers to enter and leave.
Dhalbhum SDO, Suraj Kumar said that the district administration made heavy security arrangements to prevent any untoward incident.
A senior official said that the economic blockade stir failed to hamper the movement. “The activists are making hue and cry for no issue at all.
They have just created uproar however the production at the plants went on as usual as we have sufficient raw-materials in our stock,” he said.