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9000 arrested, vehicles set ablaze as Jharkhand bandh over tenancy amendment turns violent

Speed News Desk | First published: 26 November 2016, 12:05 IST
9000 arrested, vehicles set ablaze as Jharkhand bandh over tenancy amendment turns violent

Protesting against the amendment of the Chotanagpur Tenancy Act (CNTA) and Santhal Paragana Tenancy Act (SPTA), which allow tribals to use their land commercially - the state Opposition, Jharkhand Vikas Morcha (P), called for a Jharkhand bandh on 25 November.

Despite the Jharkhand High Court ruling against enforcing the bandh as well as issuing orders to penalise perpetrators for any violence or damage to property - the bandh garnered massive support throughout the state.

Jharkhand police reportedly made approximately 9000 state-wide preventive arrests after the protests turned violent.

JMM's Hemant Soren, and JVM (P)'s Babulal Marandi and many more politicians from the Congress, JD (U) were taken into custody and later released.

According to The Indian Express, vehicles were set on fire in Dumka district; despite imposition of section 144 in the state capital, Ranchi.

According to reports, the mob-instigated violence and loot of a daily market in Sahibganj ended with several injured policemen. A truck was set of fire in Dhamdhum village, Jamshedpur. The destruction of vehicles had to be quelled with the help of tear-gas and water cannons.

Reports say most of the protesters were allegedly school and college-going students.

"The situation was brought under control after some time. We have got the incident videographed. We have evidence that it was the students from the hostels of the nearby St. Xavier's College and a few others from Loyola College indulged in violent protests. We are registering FIR under strict sections and would also be asking the school administration, as to how they were allowed to leave the hostel," Ranchi Deputy Commissioner Manoj Kumar told the Indian Express.

First published: 26 November 2016, 12:05 IST
 
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