Friday, 16 March 2018 | PNS | Dehradun-
To provide an emotive touch to the ongoing movement demanding Gairsain be declared as the permanent capital of the State, members of Gairsain Rajdhani Nirman Abhiyan (GRNA) begged alms from the people for the cause while rallying from Gandhi Park to Clock Tower in Dehradun on Thursday. They also staged a sit-in at Gandhi Park as part of the movement being organised on the emotive issue of the shift of the capital from Dehradun to Gairsain.
They said they had taken to begging in protest against some Ministers of the BJP-helmed State Government attributing fund constrain to the delay in the shift of the capital from the plains to the Hills. “Even Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat was heard saying to the electronic media that the State Government is hardly in a position to shift the capital given the fact that the process involves a huge fund,” said Sachin Thapliyal, one of the agitators.
He added they will deposit the sum collected through alms to the apparently fund-strapped State Government to help it come out of the financial constraints.
Other agitators said that they would no longer allow the State Government to vacillate on the matter. “Enough is enough. We have been waiting since the time the State was carved out of Uttar Pradesh way back in 2000. Our patience is wearing thin with things being made to hang fire for years,” said an agitator.
They said they will take out a Jan Chetna rally from Aaraghar police post to the Vidhan Sabha campus in Dehradun on March 18 in support of the demand. “We would gherao the Chief Minister, Ministers and MLAs if the State Government fails to declare Gairsain the permanent capital of the State by March 20,” Devendra Negi, an agitator, warned.
Prakash Gaur, another protester, said they would not rest till things are taken to their logical conclusion. “The stir would continue across the State and it would turn into a full-blown movement at Gairsain during the Budget Session of the State Assembly. A sea of humanity will flood Gairsain on the opening day of the Session. The demand if met would help the people of both Garhwal and Kumaon regions as Gairsain is a centrally located place,” he added.
POLICE ON ALERT AS ACTIVISTS TO PROTEST AROUND VIDHAN SABHA
With the possibility of a number of outfits sending activists to rally around the Vidhan Sabha at Bharadisain to press for the official announcement of making Gairsain the permanent capital of the State during the upcoming Budget Session, State police are now engaged in drafting plans.
They are planning on how to take on the string of stirs without providing provocation to the agitators. To gauge the mood of the agitators, police brass has asked the Intelligence department to strengthen network and to ascertain the possible number of people who would throng Gairsain to stage stir outside the Assembly during the Budget Session starting March 20.
State additional director general of police (law and order) Ashok Kumar said in apprehension of law and order problem cropping up during the session, they are sprucing up security in and around the Assembly.
Vidhan sabha area has been divided into four zones and the police officers of the rank of additional SPs would head each zone. Four companies of PAC jawans have been deputed along with two companies of women PAC.
Besides, barricades would be installed at many places around Gairsain to stop groups intent on getting near the Assembly premises, Kumar said, adding additional forces would be deployed at the sensitive places and police patrolling and vehicle checking drives are being further intensified.
He added the district police chiefs have been directed to draft traffic plans in their respective districts as several associations have planned to reach Gairsain to demonstrate.
A police department insider said police are on the defensive as they are to deal with agitations to be staged around the highly emotive issue.
“We must maintain law and order, but we cannot afford to exacerbate things through any kind of provocative acts. We must exercise extreme self-restraint even in the face of odds,” he added.
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