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Demolition drive: Under pressure,Munda says will rehabilitate

The state government is in a dilemma over the ongoing demolition drive across Jharkhand.

Written by Manoj Prasad | Ranchi |
April 18, 2011 2:21:41 am

The state government is in a dilemma over the ongoing demolition drive across Jharkhand. While the administration is duty-bound to remove encroachments and carry out demolitions as per the Jharkhand High Court’s order,simultaneously,the violence witnessed during the recent drive at Islam Nagar has prompted several politicians to voice the resentment of the affected residents.

Rajya Sabha MP Parimal Nathwani,who had reportedly pumped in Rs 1.75 crore to develop Islam Nagar,said,“It’s inhuman to use gun to demolish homes.” Added Ranchi Mayor Rama Khalko,“Encroachment should be removed only from government land. All structures on private land should be regularised.”

BJP leader Yashwant Sinha,Union Tourism Minister Subodh Kant Sahay,Congress state president Pradeep Balmuchu have already registered protests. This has prompted CM Arjun Munda to say: “We are serious about rehabilitating affected people.”

While the state government has reportedly started drafting an Ordinance to regularise “unauthorised” constructions,the ruling BJP has come up with a stand: “The party is concerned about the rehabilitation of those families living below the poverty line who had either lost their home or are in the process of losing it.”

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Sources say that after the CM’s assurance,there’s been a slowdown in the demolition drive. However,Ranchi Deputy Commissioner K K Soan said,“We are duty bound to honour the directive of the court.”

The district administration had demolished 200 cow sheds and 1500 houses in Naga Baba khatal and Islam Nagar,respectively,triggering violence that resulted in several people getting injured,three of whom reportedly succumbed to their injuries.

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