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Lathicharge at the public hearing in Godda

Four police personnel, including a DSP, besides a few innocent villagers were also injured in the incident.

ranchi Updated: Mar 17, 2017 22:01 IST
Gautam Mazumdar
Gautam Mazumdar
Hindustan Times, Ranchi
Adani Power,Godda,Jitpur
Police resort to lathi charge on villagers after violence during the public hearing organised by state government for social impact assessment on Adani Power Plant at Motia in Godda(HT Photo)

The public hearing on the social impact assessment in Motia village in Godda district for the proposed Adani power plant turned violent towards the end on Sunday.

There was stone pelting at the instance of a section of people who were standing at the periphery of the venue. Four police personnel, including a DSP, besides a few innocent villagers were also injured in the incident.

The villagers in action became aggressive after the arrival of Poreyahat legislator Pradeep Yadav.

The police also fired teargas shells to bring the violent villagers under control.

Godda deputy commissioner B P Singh said the police have detained a couple of villagers who were involved in the brawl and instigating people. “We have arrested 2-3 villagers, the police will lodge FIRs against them under appropriate sections,” he added.

There was violence the last time as well in December and the police had to open fire to quell the mob in which three persons were injured.

About 3000 villagers turned up at the venue to attend the public hearing on environmental issues. The administration heard about 14-15 persons. The rest sat with stoic silence as representatives of Adani Power Limited and officials from the district administration listened to the villagers’ concern and worries.

Most of them aired concern about the depleting water table that they fear will further go down once mining starts from the coal block allotted to Adani group in Jitpur for the 1600 MW coal fired power plant proposed in Godda.

There was stress on plantation besides prevention of air, water and land from being polluted.

It is worth mentioning that the Adani group has managed to get the support of a section of the land owners and this led to tensions between them and the sharecroppers.

First Published: Mar 06, 2017 09:51 IST