Beyond Metros, India, Jharkhand

A unique way of protest: Locals clean officers’ shoe as a reminder

Eastern Coalfields Limited in Jharkhand on Saturday witnessed a unique way of protest as agitators started cleaning officer’s shoes to remind them that the land belong to the poor and they were the one, who actually stepped on it illegally.

Scores of activists under the banner of Congress party reached ECL main gate holding banners and posters. For several years now locals and factory workers are protesting against ECL for various reasons including land encroachment.

The protesters stopped officers leaving the main gate and forcefully shined their shoes to remind them that the land belongs to the people and ECL cannot take arbitrary decisions and deny local participation.

In a series of tweets, Deepika Pandey Singh, Godda district president of Indian National Congress, said

“ECL is being reminded that they can’t take arbitrary decisions, they will have to allow local participation.”

“So that shinning shoes keep reminding them that this land belongs to poor people and no one can it away from them.”

“We are not among those who can be scared off or can be offered some “deal” (bribe), we will accept only one deal and that is people getting their rights. If need be we will fight and take it,” Deepika Pandey Singh added.

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