Jharkhand News: Jharkhand’s ruling Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) on Friday said that the issue of alleged mob attack on 50 Dalit families and expelling them from a village in Palamu district was being resolved amicably. It is alleged that the administration has adopted a neutral attitude towards these 50 families. JMM chief spokesperson Supriya Bhattacharya said land would be provided for the rehabilitation of the families. Earlier in the day, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) state chief Deepak Prakash termed the Hemant Soren government as “anti-Dalit” and said the incidents of assault and forcibly evicted from the village clearly showed the “dominance” of a community.
A mob led by village head Israr Ansari had allegedly attacked 50 families of Musahar community in Murumatu village under Pandu police station area earlier this week and drove them out of the village. These families have been temporarily housed in a building. Earlier there used to be a police station in this building. Some of the affected families living in the village for decades have claimed that their children were abducted by a mob and abandoned in the Loto forest of Chhatarpur police station area. So far five people have been arrested in this regard, out of which two were arrested on Friday.
Soren government is adopting the policy of appeasement for votes – Aditya Sahu
Prakash, who met the affected families along with BJP MP Aditya Sahu, claimed that the houses of the families ‘evicted’ from the village were vandalized and in the process, a “shivalinga was also demolished”. Sahu said the incident showed the “passive attitude” of the district administration. The MP claimed, “The local administration is now awake and preparing the Aadhaar documents of these families, but their place of residence has been changed.” “The Soren government is adopting a policy of appeasement to maintain its vote bank, but the BJP will not tolerate such atrocities,” he said.
JMM is committed to ensure welfare of weaker sections of the society – Supriya Bhattacharya
Refuting the allegations, a JMM spokesperson said land and Rs 25,000 in cash were being given to each family to build a temporary house. Bhattacharya also said that the JMM is committed to ensuring the welfare of the weaker sections of the society and “the issue is being resolved amicably”. On the government being described as anti-Dalit, he said, “The JMM government does not need any certificate from the BJP.” Describing the incident as unfortunate, he said, “As soon as the Palamu administration came to know about it, an FIR was registered in the matter and later some of the accused were arrested. The law will take its own course.”
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