Local villagers protest against one of the largest coal mines of Jharkhand run by Panem Coal Mines Limited. People have put blockade to all kind of works for about 20 days In Nov-Dec 2012.
Uncertainty hangs over the project, with locals vowing not to let a single coal-laden truck leave the mines until the displaced families are rehabilitated.
The former chief minister who hails from tribal in a letter to then Indian premier said,' not only is the company involved in exploitation of natural resources illegally, it is also doing injustice to the tribal people of the area and is grossly violating environmental norms.'.(1) The former chief minister claimed that Panem Coal Mines Limited extracting coal in excess from its allotted coal mine in Pakur district of Jharkhand. He termed the action of the company as 'theft' that was continuing for the last six years.
Catholic nun Valsa John (52), who was involved in a movement against displacement of tribal people by coal mining companies in Jharkhand, was shot dead in November 2011 . She was a member of the Rajmahal Pahar Bachao Andolan. The murder happened at Bachuwari village of Pakur district, The police suspect the coal mafia to be behind it. In the immediate context, she had been protesting against the functioning of a private coal mine in Pakur district. She was staying in Bachwari for the last 12 years, all by herself. She was seeking to protect the interests of the Santhal tribe, some members of which were displaced by the Panem Coal Mines.(3)