Villagers are protesting against the NTPC in Hazaribagh and against coal mines in Barkagao.
On Monday, the police had opened fire on villagers, who were demanding compensation for land acquired by Innland Power Limited (IPL). Two people were killed and more than 20, belonging to either sides, were injured.
The displaced people were earlier called for talks, at the IPL factory, which the management did not attend. This angered the villagers.
According to opposition parties, the land rate compensation given to villagers this time were much lesser than the 2013 land acquisition provisions.
The opposition had put the state government on the mat during budget session in February for low compensation of land in the Santhal Pargana region. They had alleged that the price was reduced to ensure that the Adani power plant received land at a low rate.
Following this, a committee was formed to look into the land rates of Santhal Pargana.
Even an alliance partner of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party joined the opposition as the changes could lead to land acquisition for non agricultural purposes like power plants, roads, malls and other things.
Echoing his view, former chief minister and Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) executive president, Hemant Soren, told IANS, “ The killing of people indicates the ruthless and insensitive approach of the Raghubar Das government.”
The opposition has also alleged that the state has proposed to form land banks which will lead to the eviction of people living on government land.
The protest against NTPC had gained momentum in July when opposition leaders went to Barkagao to extend their support to the movement. NTPC lodged an FIR against them for entering the mining area. On August 4, the opposition even courted arrest.
Chief Minister Raghubar Das had assured the villagers earlier this month that agricultural land would not be acquired forcefully.