A six member team comprising Gopikant Baksi, Sufal Mahto, SN Nehru and Om Tiwary of CPI(M), KD Singh and Badrinath of CPI visited the Vinayka (Udaypura Harijantola) village in Tarhasi block of Palamau district on March 1, where a house belonging to the dalit community was set ablaze by feudal elements, killing two women, Imli Devi and Gahni Kunwar and severely injuring a girl. She is currently admitted at RIMS Ranchi, due to burn injuries and her condition is still very critical.
A MAJOR accident took place at Maintola patch of the Rajmahal open cast mines of the Eastern Coalfields Limited, during the second shift of work in the night on December 29, 2016. The ground zero was barricaded and sealed by the CISF personnel and no one was permitted to enter the mine. According to the initial information, about 60 to 70 workers were buried under the huge quantity of debris, as overburden fell down on the workers and machines working below.
ON December 1, the main thoroughfares and bazars at Dumka reverberated with slogans against the amendments to Chhotanagpur and Santhal Pargana Tenancy acts introduced by the BJP government in the state. A strong rally of 2000 people comprising tribals and other poor farmers at the call of Adivasi Adhikar Manch and Kisan Sabha, Jharkhand committees. This colourful protest rally started from Gandhi Maidan and culminated into a mass meeting at Commissioners Office. It was addressed by Brinda Karat, Polit Bureau member.
THE Jharkhand bandh called on October 24 by the Left and secular opposition parties to protest against the unprovoked firing by police on tribal people at Saiko village of Khunti district, killing one person and injuring seven others, was a grand success.
THE Barkagaon police firing incident, in which four persons including two minor students were killed, lays bare the barbaric designs of the BJP-AJSU government in Jharkhand and its intentions of serving the interests of the corporates at the cost of the toiling masses of the state.
EVER since the formation of the Raghubar Das government in Jharkhand, the law and order situation has been deteriorating day-by-day and people are being forced to live under constant fear. To make matters worse, instead of taking actions against the criminals, policemen are unleashing their fury on the innocent masses in the name of maintaining law and order.
ON July 5, 2016, the judicial magistrate of Ranchi has ordered one year imprisonment for J S Majumdar, CPI(M) Central Committee member and former secretary of Jharkhand state committee, Suphal Mahto, state secretariat member and former secretary of Ranchi district committee of CPI(M) along with other 18 activists of CPI(M), including Amit Mahto present MLA of Jharkhand Mukti Morcha.
A MEETING of Left Parties of Jharkhand held on May 7, decided to observe a statewide bandh on May 14, to protest against series of communal incidents throughout the state, anti-workers amendments to the labour laws, amendment to the Chota Nagpur Tenancy Act and Santhal Pargana Tenancy Act, anti-people local residential policies, forcible acquisition of land, attack on trade union and democratic rights and deteriorating law and order situation in the state.
JHARKHAND has recorded highest number of communal conflicts during last year. After Jamshedpur violence in July 2015, again Jharkhand simmered with tension on October 24, 2015. Communal violence occurred in Hazaribagh, Palamu and Latehar districts.