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Jharkhand MLA protesting Adani power plant arrested

Police on Saturday arrested Pradeep Yadav, a Jharkhand Vikas Morcha-Prajatantrik (JVM-P) legislator, sitting on dharna for the past week protesting against an upcoming Adani power plant in the state.

Police reached the dharna site in Godda district around 4.30 a.m. on Saturday and arrested the legislator.

An arrest warrant was issued last week against the legislator for allegedly inciting people against the Adani power plant.

“My agitation will continue even inside jail,” Yadav told reporters.

Around 900 acres of land has been acquired in Godda district for the power plant. Adani is to set up a 1,600 MW power plant for electricity to be supplied to Bangladesh.

Some villagers are in favour of the plant while some are against it.

An Adani power plant supporter was thrashed by some unidentified persons in Jharkhand’s Godda district on Friday, police said.

According to Police, people opposing the Adani power plant entered the house of Ranjan Mandal in Basantpur village of Godda district and thrashed him.

Mandal had led a procession favouring the power plant.

No arrests have been made in the case.

The opposition parties in the state have alleged that the land rate of Santhal Pargana region has been reduced to help Adani power.

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