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Nagri land row: Police crack down on villagers

July 5, 2012

(published in Hindustan Times Ranchi, July 05, 2012)

Ushinor Majumdar
■ ushinor.majumdar@hindustantimes.com
RANCHI: Nagri land acquisition
row took an ugly turn with
security forces and villagers
exchanging blows on Wednesday.
While the police and
RAF lathicharged and injured
dissenters, the latter returned
the favour by pelting stones at
the security forces.
The fight broke out after the
ongoing row over setting up
campuses of the Indian Institute
of Management-Ranchi (IIM-R)
and National University of Study
and Research in Law (NUSRL)
and the country’s sixth IIIT at
Nagri village reached a boiling
point on Wednesday.
At 10 am, villagers gathered
near a wall around the land allocated
for IIM-R. A RAF team
was deployed at the site.
Villagers, armed with bamboo
sticks, axes, slings and catapults,
started breaking the wall,
brick by brick. Meanwhile, the
police rushed in. But they were
reduced to mere spectators, as
women and teenage girls comprised
the majority of the mob.
At noon, the situation worsened
when Aseem Vikram Minz
superintendent of police (rural),
Ranchi, Shekhar Jamuar, subdivisional
officer, the additional
district magistrate (ADM),
law and order, and deputy
superintendent of police (DSP)
Barnabus Tirkey arrived on the
spot. The police took prompt
action and irate villagers were
driven away into the land allocated
for NUSRL. This added
fuel to the fire, as villagers
turned more aggressive and
started shouting slogans against
the government.
Finally, the ADM and the
SDO ordered the police to take
some of the villagers into custody.
When the police tried to
detain tribal leaders, a fierce
fight broke out between the
securitymen and tribals.
The clash left quite a few villagers
injured. The police and
CRPF jawans also sustained
injuries. Minz had to receive a
stitch. His bodyguard and
Tirkey were also attacked.

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