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Activists to launch movement for ‘Greater Jharkhand'

Comprising parts of West Bengal and Orissa


‘Cases are still pending against about 10,000 Jharkhand activists '


Jamshedpur: Jharkhand activists, who had participated in the Jharkhand Statehood movement, would soon launch an agitation over the demand for ‘Greater Jharkhand' comprising parts of West Bengal and Orissa, besides Jharkhand.

The ‘Greater Jharkhand' would comprise Midnapore, Bankura and Purulia districts of West Bengal and Mayurbhanj, Keonjhar, Sundergarh and Sambalpur districts of Orissa, besides Jharkhand, founder president of the All Jharkhand Students Union (AJSU), Surya Singh Besra told a press conference here.

He said Jharkhand activists would meet at Ghatsila on October three and 31 at Ranchi on the future course of action.

Mr. Besra said none of the eight governments in Jharkhand had recognised the contribution of those who participated in the Jharkhand Statehood movement.

Pointing to the plight of activists, he said the family of one, Ramdas Mahali, against whom 36 cases were lodged during the statehood movement did not have money for his cremation.

Cases were still pending against about 10,000 Jharkhand activists across the State despite assurance from the State Government to withdraw them, he said.

Mr. Besra demanded that Jharkhand activists should be honoured and the Government should issue identity cards in recognition of their contribution to the separate statehood movement, besides pension and on the lines of those provided to activists of the J P movement by the Bihar Government.

Mr. Besra also expressed doubt over the Arjun Munda Government lasting its full term.- PTI

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