Mitigate sufferings of the displaced people: Swami Agnivesh



Ranchi: Social activist Swami Agnivesh on Thursday appealed to Jharkhand Governor MOH Farook to take steps to mitigate sufferings of the displaced people in Ranchi following the anti-encroachment drive by the administration.

After visiting demolition sites, Agnivesh called on the Governor and shared his experience on the "plight of the displaced" with him, a person who accompanied him in the meeting said.

The social activist told the Governor that the need of the hour was early restoration of normal life of the displaced by rehabilitating them properly, he said quoting Agnivesh.

Before meeting the Governor, Agnivesh told newsmen at a demolished site situated near the Raj Bhavan, that he was "deeply moved" at the sight of the debris at the demolition site.

"I am standing near the Raj Bhavan, and the sight of debris at the demolition site is moving. I feel the plight of the displaced people, who were driven out of their houses without making any alternative arrangements and rehabilitation. It is anti-democratic," Agnivesh, who visited Nagababa khatal among other areas, said.

Meanwhile, BJP?s state unit president Dineshanand Goswami told newsmen at Medininagar, the headquarters town of Palamau district that the anti-encroachment drive was taken up on the orders of the high court.

"The government is planning to bring in an ordinance soon to rehabilitate the displaced," Goswami said when asked to comment on the demolition drive.

PTI