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RJD and Left parties condemn police firing at demonstrators

india Updated: Apr 05, 2011 22:18 IST

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RJD on Tuesday described the ruling coalition government as "anti-poor" and demanded immediate end to the anti-encroachment drive.

"The Arjun Munda-led government has become insensitive to the problems of the poor and an example is today's police action on peaceful protesters at Islamnagar here," RJD's legislative party leader Annapurna Devi said in Ranchi.

She demanded immediate end of the demolition drive and asked for alternative arrangements to rehabilitate the people.

She sought to know why some houses were not being demolished at Harmu Housing Colony.

"In the garb of High Court's order the administration has launched anti-encroachment drive against the poor while leaving out others in similar situation as they have powerful connections," Devi said.

In a joint press release, CPI (ML-Liberation), CPI-M and CPI announced to observe April 7 as a 'protest day' against Tuesday's police firing.

"It's not anti-encroachment drive; it's an anti-poor drive by the state government," the release said.

One person was killed and a dozen injured when police opened fire on protesters at Islamnagar here during the anti-encroachment drive.