Jharkhand activists to launch movement for `Greater Jharkhand`

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.

Updated: Sep 28, 2010, 15:51 PM IST

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

Besra said none of the eight governments in Jharkhand
had recognized 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 agitation 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.

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.
Besra also expressd doubt over the Arjun Munda
government lasting its full term.

PTI