Munda slammed for `ignoring` fasting youths
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Last Updated: Tuesday, September 20, 2011, 19:11
Jamshedpur: Jharkhand People's Party on Tuesday criticised Chief Minister Arjun Munda saying he could visit a fasting Narendra Modi in far away Gujarat, but he did not have time to meet local youths of primitive time Sabar whose fast entered seventh day today demanding jobs.

Sixteen Sabar youths were on indefinite fast since September 14 in front of East Singhbhum Deputy Commissioner's office here demanding employment.

The condition of three of them deteriorated and were taken to hospital yesterday, organisers of the fast said.

Munda went to Ahmedabad to express solidarity with his Gujarat counterpart Narendra Modi yesterday when his three-day Sadbhavna fast for communal harmony ended.

JPP president Surya Singh Besra met the fasting Sabars to extend his party's support to them, demanded that Munda visit them and find out a solution to their "genuine demand".

The Chief Minister's intervention was necessitated as East Singhbhum district authorities expressed its inability to meet their demand of job to 155 persons of the tribe, he said adding the district administration had enlisted 155 Sabar candidates for employment.

Expressing concern over the health of the fasting youths, Besra said the primitive tribe was on the verge of extinction and their population in the district was countable.

Meanwhile, three hunger strikers were hospitalised yesterday after their condition deteriorated, said Rani Sabarin, president of Adim-Janjati Kalyan Samity.

Sabrin said the representatives from the district administration had visited the hunger strikers on September 15 but there was no fruitful discussion.

She said they had raised the issue before the Tribal Welfare Minister last month and he had assured them to look into their demand.

Two JMM MLAs had visited the venue yesterday and assured them to take up the issue with the Chief Minister soon. JMM is a part of the ruling coalition in Jharkhand.


First Published: Tuesday, September 20, 2011, 19:11

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