Rail roko agitation by tribals in Mayurbhanj

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Mayurbhanj: The tribals on Wednesday blocked the train movement in three places in the district demanding inclusion of ‘Ho’ dialect in the 8th Schedule of the Constitution.

Train services were severely affected on the route due to the bandh. The agitators blocked the movement of several trains at Baripada, Bangiriposi and Rairangpur stations.

The agitators alleged that despite the assurance of inclusion of ‘Ho’ dialect in the 8th Schedule, the government has failed to fulfil the demand. They resorted to the rail roko agitation to press for their demand.

Worth mentioning, Ho language, which is written in Warang Chiti script, is the mother tongue of nearly 10 lakh tribal people living in Odisha and Jharkhand. After Santali, which has already been included, Ho is the second most widely spoken tribal language in the State.

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