Protests against the loss of fertile, multi-crop land have raged on in Barkagaon block of Hazaribagh district since 2004, when the Pakri Barwadih coal block was allocated to the National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC). The project has affected 23 villages in the block dependent on the land for agriculture, grazing and forest produce. According to activists, NTPC carried out a secret survey across 28 villages to acquire land for coal mining between 2004 and 2007. Two public hearings held in 2007 were met with opposition. There was an attempt to conduct and record a fake public hearing at midnight, a day before the actual hearing, with people brought in from outside,
Government Bodies Involved in the Conflict:
Goverment of Jharkhand
Other Parties Involved in the Conflict:
Karanpura Bachao Sangharsh Samiti, Janmabhoomi Raksha Sangharsh Samiti, Buddhijeevi Manch, Ekta Parishad
Corporate Parties Involved in the Conflict:
National Thermal Power Corporation Limited, Thriveni Sainik Mining Private Limited
Legislations Involved in the Conflict:
Forest Rights Act of 2006
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A protest in August 2015, led by local politician Nirmala Devi, outside the rehabilitation colony turned violent. Six persons were injured when the police opened fire on the crowd, including a journalist. . On October 1, 2016, another protest in Pakri Barwadih village turned violent, where four protesters were killed and several injured in police firing. According to activists working in the area, several false cases have been filed against those who oppose the project.
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