Mail News ServiceSaraikela, Nov 23: Villagers of Balidih and Bandodih in Rajnagar Block burnt the effigy of Odisha Chief Minister Navin Pattanaik who had sought his Jharkhand counterpart Hemant Soren’s cooperation in completion of the Icha Dam. The two villages come under the Dam’s construction plan and will be submerged if the Dam is constructed. Similarly, Odisha villages bordering the Dam’s route would also be adversely affected. Effigies of the Odisha Chief Minister were also burnt at Chaibasa. The villagers who had gathered in massive numbers raised anti Navin and anti Icha Dam construction slogans and said that the agitation would last a lifetime but they would not allow the construction of the Dam. The Jharkhand government has put the construction of the Icha Dam on hold but villagers suspect that it could be a ploy to suppress their agitation.
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