Apex Catholic body accuses J’khand govt of targeting Christians

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Ranchi: The highest body of Roman Catholic Churches in the country on Sunday said the state government is “targeting” the Christian community. Refuting the charges levelled against the headmaster of the Roman Catholic School, Burudih at Kochang village in Khunti district, the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India (CBCI) sought an impartial investigation into the alleged gang rape at the village on Tuesday. “We don’t know what mistakes we have made. Maybe government agencies have been targeting Christian missionaries because of the fight we have taken up to protect the land…

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CCL ropes in 2 Nigerian coaches to train future footballers

Ranchi: The 2018 Fifa World Cup has reached its feverish pitch and so is the excitement among sponsors and companies in the state to look out for local talents with the hopes to make India a great footballing nation. Recently, the Central Coalfields Limited (CCL) has roped in two Nigerian coaches to hunt and train talented tribal footballers for the sports academy jointly run by Jharkhand government and CCL. The appointment of AFC A licenced Nigerian coaches – Abiodun Kolawole Matins and Uzoma Chidozie Ejiogu alias Uzo – comes as…

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Priest, nuns grilled in Khunti gang rape case; no arrests

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Kochang village (Khunti district): Three days after the gang-rape of five women performing a street play at the remote Kochang village, police picked up three persons from the locality for questioning. The five women were at Kochang to create awareness about human trafficking and migration at a school when they were taken away. Police, with the help of CRPF, detained the Father Alphonso Aind, headmaster of St Anne’s Convent, Burudih, and two teachers identified as Motay Mundu and Robert Hansa Purty, on Thursday afternoon. Residents of Kochang village, however, said…

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Villagers: Govt is using gang rape to kill Pathalgarhi movement

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Kochang village (Khunti district): The revival of the age-old tradition of Pathalgarhi, by which tribal communities demarcate their village boundaries, as a movement demanding adivasi autonomy has met strong resistance from the government and the administration. The latest incident, in which police linked the movement with the gang rape of five women on Tuesday, brought up yet again the divide between the present-day government and the traditional ‘rulers’. Over the past year, the Pathalgarhi movement has expanded from Jharkhand to Chhattisgarh, Odisha and Madhya Pradesh, with tribals erecting giant stone…

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Kochang villagers vow to fight ‘biased probe’

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KOCHANG VILLAGE: It takes about two hours to cover the 80km journey, negotiating dense forests and long undulating roads, to reach Kochang village from Ranchi. When TOI on Friday visited the remote village, which is now at the centre of a controversy after the gang rape of five women performing a street play, it is deserted. It’s Pathalgarhi, stone plaques announcing the autonomy of the village and saying that the movement of outsiders here is prohibited, that greets visitors entering Kochang. The hamlet is one of several villages in Khunti…

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Touhid was an accused in illegal cattle skin trade case: Police

Ranchi: Police on Thursday said Touhid Ansari, whose mysterious death two days ago raised suspicion of an attack by cow vigilantes, was among the six persons named in an FIR after the seizure of 250-300kg of cattle skin in his village last month. “We had seized the cattle skin from Karma village in May. An FIR had been lodged in the case, naming six people. Touhid Ansari was one of them,” subdivisional police officer Radha Prem Kishore told TOI on Thursday. The FIR (case number 117/18) was registered at Kuju…

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‘7 hunger deaths related to Aadhaar’

Ranchi: Over 12 cases of alleged hunger deaths have been reported from across Jharkhand in over 10 months and seven of them are linked to the victims not getting any ration because of Aadhaar-related issues, an activist has said. Addressing the media on Thursday, developmental economist and activist Jean Dreze said the government is yet to admit that the deaths occurred due to starvation. “The recent deaths of Savitri Devi in Giridih, Meena Musahar in Chatra and Chintaman Malhar in Ramgarh show the government’s lack of interest to address the…

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