Tribes block road after Sarna Sthal boundary wall is razed | Ranchi News


Ranchi: Tribals blocked Hinoo Chowk on Thursday after the Ranchi Municipal Corporation (RMC) demolished the perimeter wall of their socio-religious sthal in Sarna by order of the High Court.
The blockade continued until late in the evening, disrupting traffic on the road to the airport.
“Our community built this border by pooling money and made shramdaan. Sarhul is two days away, now where are we going to get our holy water from? How do we celebrate our festivals when our places of worship are threatened? The dadhi chuan (Sarna sthal) is a sacred place for us. We pray here. But now it has been destroyed by the state that oppresses our community,” said Kavita Toppo (17) and Swati Khoya (13 years).
On March 21, the administration razed the perimeter wall surrounding the dadhi chuan at Hundru Mauja, located about 1 km from Hinoo Chowk.
“We will only negotiate with the District Collector on this matter, as was done by order of the High Court. It hurt our cultural and religious feelings. We exercise our democratic right through peaceful protest. Several courts ordered the removal of religious encroachments on the roads, but no temples or mosques were affected despite the court orders. But our places of worship are easy and easy targets,” said ex-MP Gitashree Oraon, who was leading the protest.
The protesters demanded an immediate quashing of the court order while shouting slogans against the High Court’s verdict amid special forces deployed by the administration.
“Would Bajrang dal have tolerated anyone touching their places of worship? There would have already been riots. This judgment is biased and one-sided. The demolition is a violation of CNT law and illegal. We are gathered here in the scorching heat because we will not remain silent and fight for our rights,” said Aha Kachchap, Budhni and Mangri.
The verdict follows a petition filed by Geeta Devi and Sangeeta Verma in the Sanjay Kumar Dubey court asking for a directive to ensure free access to their plot of land. The only access road to their plot was reportedly encroached by an Ajay Kachhap and others erecting a perimeter wall.
The eight-hour roadblock was lifted around 9 p.m. after DC Chhavi Ranjan and SSP Surindar Jha met the protesters and assured them that appropriate action would be taken in accordance with the provisions of the law.
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