The District Administration has clamped prohibitory orders under section 144 of CrPC in five places in State Capital from August 14 for next two months. During the prohibitory orders, people will be refrained from holding protest within the periphery at five places.
The five places where dharna, protest march or any type of public demonstration is banned includes—near Raj Bhavan gate, Chief Minister’s residence, Vidhan Sabha gate, Nepal House in Dornada and near Project Building in Dhruwa area.
The Opposition parties have termed the district administration directive as ‘Talibani’ claiming that the ruling parties are now snatching the power of protest from Opposition leaders.
Ranchi Sub Divisional Magistrate (SDM), Garima Singh has issued a letter stating that for next two months starting from August 14, all type of protest, public demonstration and dharna within the periphery of five places will be banned.
The SDM letter further mentions that apart from political parties, various social organizations, trade bodies’ carry out protest at these five places. These protests not only create traffic problems but at many a times these protest also becomes security concern for district administration.
The administration has decided to ban all such type of protest.
As per district administration playing of loudspeaker at high decibel, carrying of arms, traditional weapons too has been banned. JMM general secretary, Supriyo Bhattacharya said, “We too have come to know about such directive issued by district administration.
The directive aims at curbing the voice of people. The Government is even snatching the power of protest from Opposition, but we are not tensed or worried with such directive.”
Echoing the views of JMM leader, a State leader from Congress party on condition of anonymity said, “The BJP Government in State with thumping majority in Lok Sabha election has become arrogant.
The party in Lok Sabha election won due to charisma of Narendra Modi, but it is unlikely that the BJP will perform the same in Assembly election.
The Assembly election is fought on local issue and the Raghubar Das government has failed on all fronts.”
Meanwhile, the JMM executive president Hemant Soren is to start campaign for Assembly election from next week.
As per the programme, Soren will visit across the State highlighting the loopholes of Raghubar Das Government. The JMM has also planned a rally on October in Ranchi which will be addressed by Soren.