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Tribals call for shutdown in Ranchi, want their land back.

Ranchi, July 25 ( ANI ): Tribal organisations, including the Jharkhand Disom Party (JDP) called for a shutdown here on Wednesday, to mount pressure on the state government to return land acquired by them to set up professional institutes like Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) and Indian Institute of Management (IIM).

In addition to setting up professional institutions, state authorities have acquired land for other projects as well.

One of the protesters informed that they have been incessantly fighting for their cause for the last couple of months.

"This is not a sudden happening and I want to say that you have been witnessing this agitation at Nagri since the last seven months. We have been fighting for the last 150 days and sitting in our fields in order to save our land. We stayed in the fields during the rains as well. We waited patiently, but we resorted to this violence eventually. One of our supporters lost his life. We are here to urge the Jharkhand government to immediately stop all this," Dayamani Barla, a tribal leader, said.

Protesters destroyed and burnt vehicles during the shutdown.

Earlier on July 4, a senior police official was injured in a clash between police officers and villagers.

According to media reports, the government has forcibly acquired land from 34 villages. ( ANI )

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