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Hum tumhe khoon denge, tum hume pradushan se aazadi do, appeals Jharia residents on Netaji anniversary

Dhanbad: Residents of Jharia in coal town Dhanbad held a special blood donation camp on Sunday to mark the 125th birth anniversary of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose to fight against the growing pollution and government apathy in the region.

Taking cue from Netaji’s immortal slogan — tum mujhe khoon do, main tumhe aazadi dunga (give me blood, I will give you freedom), which he coined during India’s freedom struggling to enthuse fresh vigor among the public, members of Youth Concept, which organized today’s camp sounded a similar slogan, which read—Hum tumhe khoon denge, tum hume pradushan se aazadi do (we will give you blood, rid us from pollution). The camp was held near Nehru Park at Katras More in which 53 units of blood was collected for deposition at the local blood bank.

Akhlaq Ahmed, convenor of the outfit said, “While we have been fighting against the rising air pollution in this area due to unscientific mining by BCCL and its outsourced firms, we have committed to up our ante for this cause today with fresh vigor.”

He added that the local people have always participated in voluntary blood donation camps to feed the local blood banks for public welfare but today’s camp holds special significance. “Our slogan explains our demands. Unfortunately, the district administration and the powers that be have been apathetic to the situation and problems faced by lakhs of people in this area due to pollution,” he said.

Pinku Chandravanshi, another member of the outfit added that by way of holding the camp today they wanted to give a message to the local authorities that Jharia residents will always be ready to donate blood in public interest but all that they are demanding is clean air to breathe.