ROURKELA: The sister of Jharkhand Prime Minister Hemant Soren and Jharkhand’s Odisha President Mukti Morcha (JMM), Anjali Soren, was allegedly detained by police at a hotel for the second day in a row on Tuesday, even as party leaders They tried to join the villagers protesting the industrialization in Rajgangpur. in frustration.
That day, the Sundargarh administration held two more public hearings in the Kutra block of Rajgangpur amid the deployment of 12 platoons of the police force. Sundargarh ADM Biswajit Mohapatra said the hearings were held to obtain environmental clearance for the expansion of a dolomite and limestone mine, in addition to the opening of a new mine by JSW Cement Ltd.
The public hearings were held successfully, he claimed. Sources said that a section of tribal villagers, mostly activists from the Provisions of the Panchayats (Extension to Scheduled Areas) Act, 1996 (PESA) movement, organized protests in front of the places.
On Sunday, two public hearings on the social impact assessment were held in Rajgangpur to facilitate the acquisition of land by OCL India Ltd for the expansion of its dolomite and limestone mines. As a section of the villagers blocked the roads in the villages of Kukuda and Alanda, the administration had to organize hearings on the road.
Incidentally, Kutra and Rajgangpur are known for their violent opposition to industries with a substantial presence of village-level PESA gram sabha committees seeking self-government. With no dominant political parties to support the restless villagers, the JMM, fighting for its existence in the Sundargarh district, sees the situation as an opportunity to strengthen its weak organizational strength.
Until three years ago, the administration had to endure public order situations created by followers of the PESA movement for industrialization. Apparently this time the administration used tactful measures to prevent JMM from rallying PESA activists in Rajgangpur.
Well-placed sources said that PESA activists have been in hiding in the absence of strong leadership and any JMM gain in Rajgangpur would give the party an advantage in courting the gram sabha committees in Sundargarh ahead of rural elections.
Anjali said that tribal people have been fighting for the rights to Jal, Jungle, Zamin for a long time. His illegal detention is an attempt to suppress tribal voices that oppose industries to protect their land rights, he alleged.
However, Rourkela SP Mukesh K Bhamoo said that the JMM leader did not have permission to visit the designated areas to organize public hearings. While two more OCL public hearings are scheduled for Wednesday, the JMM leader stays at the hotel and refuses to return to Jharkhand.
"खाना विशेषज्ञ। जोम्बी प्रेमी। अति कफी अधिवक्ता। बियर ट्रेलब्लाजर। अप्रिय यात्रा फ्यान।"