Denied meeting with protesters, JMM boss Odisha Anjani Soren returns to Jharkhand- The New Indian Express

Denied meeting with protesters, JMM boss Odisha Anjani Soren returns to Jharkhand- The New Indian Express

By Express News Service

ROURKELA: The sister of Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren and JMM Odisha President Anjani Soren Marandi returned to the neighboring state on Wednesday after failing to meet with tribal protesters who opposed industrial expansion projects in the Sundargarh district.

Anjani was reportedly detained by the police at a Rourkela hotel since Monday. She and other JMM leaders were denied permission to hold a protest in Bisra Square, after which they delivered a memorandum to Rourkela ADM and left for Ranchi.

JMM central working committee member Pawan Kumar said they were illegally detained for more than 48 hours and denied the opportunity to meet with tribal villagers. Accusing the administration and police of working for industrial houses, he said the JMM would continue to oppose the acquisition of tribal lands throughout the district.

Meanwhile, the district administration held two more public hearings in Jhagarpur and Kesramal in Rajgangpur Assembly constituency on social impact assessment to facilitate land acquisition for expansion of dolomite and limestone mines. by OCL India Ltd.

Tribal protesters, mostly supporters of the PESA Law movement, had blocked the roads leading to the public hearing venues. However, the administration organized the hearings at the sites of the blockade.

On Monday, two public hearings were held by OCL in the Rajgangpur block and the following day, another two by JSW Cement Ltd in Kutra were organized for environmental clean-up for the expansion of dolomite and limestone mining and a new mine. .

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