Jamshedpur, March 17: Activists of Socialist Unity Centre of India (Communist) from city as well as from other places in the district including Chakulia, Dhalbhumgarh, Ghatshila, Potka and Dumaria marched from Aambagan ground in Sakchi and reached district collectorate, where they held a meeting near the gate at around Thursday noon in support of their demands.
Later, a five-member delegation submitted a memorandum addressed to the East Singhbhum deputy commissioner Amitabh Kaushal.
Traffic went haywire for nearly an hour as the activists reached the Subernarekha Link Road. The road linking Sakchi, Northern Town and Circuit House Area with Mango witnesses nearly lakh vehicles daily.
SDO Dhalbhum Suraj Kumar said that he will have to check if permission was given for taking out a rally or hold a meeting near the district collectorate. Blocking the gates of a government office is illegal, he said.
Sumit Roy, district secretary of SUCI, said that most of the agitators were from rural areas. “They had come from far away blocks to protest the delay in getting their rations under the National Food Safety Act despite holding BPL cards for several months.
They showed their frustration and got swayed by emotion resulting in the blockade of the DC office gate,” said Roy.
“It was really pathetic. I had to get an important document from DTO office, had to return again after lunch hours as the entrance to the gate was blocked.
I could not understand why the agitators were allowed to do this,” said a resident of Bistupur.