The uneasy calm at Nagri village here,following the Supreme Courts rejection of a petition by villagers agitating against the acquisition of land for three higher education institutions,proved to be temporary after the police resorted to lathicharge on Wednesday afternoon,leaving one villager injured.
Deputy Commissioner of Ranchi Vinay Kumar Choubey said that the villagers tried to damage the boundary walls of the 227 acre site. They caused some damage to the boundary wall and minor injuries to our personnel,including the SP (Rural) and SDO. The police had to resort to a brief lathicharge, he said.
Last Thursday the SC refused to entertain a PIL moved on behalf of tribal landowners of Nagri seeking to halt the construction of the three institutions on 227 acres of land. The villagers had then said that they would intensify the agitation by ploughing even the walled area. It was such an attempt that escalated into Wednesdays violence.
The state government maintains that it acquired the land in 1957-58. The Oraon-majority Nagri maintains that no tribal surrendered land back then,they have been cultivating it uninterrupted,and paid property tax till 2006.