RANCHI: Even as differences within the supporters of Nagri land movement came to fore on Sunday, Nagri Bachao Jan Sangharsha Samiti called for an eight-hour long blockade in the capital on Monday beginning 6am which has consecutively supported by a few political organizations.
Responding to the call, most of the private schools in the capital have announced closure whereas the district administration has made arrangements to avoid vandalism and forceful shutdown.
Addressing the media, Ratan Tirkey, an activist of the samiti, said they had decided to take the fight against the government as the tribals were not satisfied with the role adopted by the government and its tribal ministers on the issue.
Tirkey said the villagers were supporting the committee led by land and revenue minister Mathura Prasad Mahato hoping that their concerns would be heard and their point of view would be presented before the high court hearing the land acquisition issue. “We all were shattered to know that the Mahato committee acted as an agent of the government to convince the villagers about selling off their land,” he said iterating that land was never acquired by the government in Nagri mauja.
Announcing to keep emergency services out of the purview of the blockade, Tirkey said the Nagri villagers were looking for wider public support and hence decided not to paralyze socio-economic activities for the day. “The Jharkhand Vikas Morcha has expressed its willingness to support the cause whereas parties like the Jharkhand Janadhikar party that was a part of the movement since beginning has not clarified it stand,” he said further clarifying that the protests would now be aimed at the BJP-led government in the state. While the protesters have reiterated that they are not against development and establishment of the central educational institutions, they have also offered fresh land to the government for the construction.
Dayamani Barla, another key activist of the Nagri movement, kept away from the blockade and said a wider consensus was required before taking up anti-government programmes.
The agitators took out a torchlight procession at the capital’s main square on Sunday evening to inform people about the blockade and request voluntary participation.