Self-rule; 30 tribals held for ‘violent protest’ outside Jharkhand court

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At least 30 Tana Bhagat sect tribals were arrested and sent to judicial custody in connection with a ‘violent protest’ held on Monday outside the Latehar district courts, Indian Express reported

More than 500 people, armed with lathis and sickles, gathered outside the court and locked the premises, bringing the work to a standstill, police said, adding, they were demanding complete self-rule with no role of courts or governments.

On Tuesday, the Jharkhand High Court took suo moto cognizance in the matter. The court summoned the state’s DGP and chief secretary for their response in the matter.

The high court directed them to file a report on the matter by next week. Court also directed to improve the security of the Latehar Civil Court.

“On Monday, they came armed and damaged the iron grille and started badmouthing the administration. They also pelted the police with stones. Police had to resort to lathi charge to control the situation,” Latehar SP Anjani Anjan told Indian Express.