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Central school for tribals run into trouble

Ranchi: Fearing law and order issues, Mandar MLA and a co-working president of Jharkhand Congress, Bandhu Tirkey on Thursday wrote a letter to Ranchi deputy commissioner Chhavi Ranjan demanding to look for another place for the proposed Eklavya model school, a centrally sponsored project coming up in Silagai in Chanho block.

Early this year, district administration provided over 50 acres land for this project in Silagai, birthplace of tribal freedom fighter Veer Budhu Bhagat, around 40km from Ranchi city. However, the project has been facing severe protests by section of tribal groups ever since the laying of its foundation stone was done couple of months back. Protestors have been claiming that the upcoming school threatens to encroach on their religious site located in the village demanding its relocation to other spot.

While the district administration in the past denied to agree with their demands and went ahead to hold gram sabha earlier this week, but another round of violent protests by thousands of tribal agitators led to clash with police. On Wednesday (December 11), Ranchi police lodged cases against 25 named and over 1000 unnamed in this connection. Last month, agitators had broken a portion of the boundary wall of the school campus.

“The protests are politically motivated but to avert untoward incident and law and order situation, I have finally written to DC to look for another site for this project,” he said.