Jamshedpur, Sept. 24: The members of JCM and Bhartiya Jan Morcha (BJM) indulged in a brawl over the plot of land on which the office building was constructed. The situation could have flared up but timely intervention of police pacified the members. Following the uproar, the police locked up premises of an under-construction office of Jharkhand Chhatra Morcha (JCM) at Shiv Singh Bagan under Sidhgora police station area.
The activists JCM, the student wing of the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha claimed that the land falls under Tata lease area. The members of the student wing cleaned up the land for construction their office a few days ago. The members of BJM came in support of an elderly woman who claims the land.
About 60 activists from both the JCM and BJM gathered at the disputed under-constructed building raised slogans in protest. Sensing trouble a police party from Sidhgora police station reached the spot and locked up the gate of the alleged JCM office premises.
OC, Sidhgora police station, Manoj Thakur said the police team that rushed to spot sensed the trouble and in order to control the situation to further flared up he locked up the gate. He forced the student activists to move away from the disputed under-constructed building. Had there been delayed a serious law and order problem would have erupted.
“We had no choice but to use force. A few days back, we had noticed commencement of construction at a vacant land which belonged either to Tata Steel. We informed the Dhalbhum sub-divisional office and also the Land department of Tata Steel about the illegal construction being carried out.
There was no response from anyone, the construction continued. Following this the members of BJM came to the unauthorised construction site in an aggressive way, we had to interfere and stop the construction. We also locked the gate of the unauthorised under-constructed building premises,” said an official.
He said it is up to the Dhalbhum sub-divisional office and the Tata Steel’s Land department to taken next action on the unauthorised construction site.
Meanwhile, about 25 activists of BJM, a political outfit launched by Jamshedpur East MLA Saryu Roy months ago, had come in support of an elderly woman, Indravati Devi who used to stay at the site where the JCM had started constructing its office.
Indravati Devi said that her family used to stay at a thatched house on the plot of land in question, but Mulchand Sahu, brother of former chief minister had demolished the thatched house a year ago demanding money for allowing her to stay there.
“ The land belongs to us. We need help from the administration to give back land to us. The construction done by JCM is illegal,” she said.