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J''khand CM Hemant Soren pays tributes to Stan Swamy in a memorial service

J''khand CM Hemant Soren pays tributes to Stan Swamy in a memorial service
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Ranchi, Jul 15 (PTI) Jharkhand has never lagged behind

when it comes to making sacrifices be it tribal icon Birsa

Munda or Father Stan Swamy and they will be remembered for

their invaluable contribution to the society, Chief Minister

Hemant Soren said on Thursday.

Soren was paying tributes to Fr Stanislaus Lourdusamy, 84

or ''Stan Swamy'', a Jesuit priest, who spent long years working

among tribals in Jharkhand and died on July 5 in Mumbai,

hours before his appeal for bail in a case where he was

accused of being an ''urban naxal'' was to be heard.

Soren said the next generation will draw inspiration

from the life of Stan Swamy who always remained sensitive to

the cause of the Dalits, the deprived and the tribal society.

"Had a personal meeting with Father Stan Swamy. It was

not known then that he has been drawing an indelible mark in

his life time.... His life was not easy. And he was not an

ordinary person either.

"During his lifespan he showed way to the people and

impressions of work done by people of such stature never

fades," he said.

Soren was addressing a memorial meeting at Namkum to

pay respect to Swamy.

Soren said his government was committed to work for

the upliftment of the deprived and the tribals and urged

people to come forward to work in this direction in a

concerted manner.

A large number of people were present on the occasion

including Arch Bishop Ranchi, Theodore Mascarenhas, Auxiliary

Bishop Telosfer Billung and representatives of other

organisations.

The chief minister after the death of the priest had

in a tweet alleged that the Central Government should be held

accountable for the absolute apathy towards Stan Swamy.

"Shocked to learn about the demise of Father Stan

Swamy. He dedicated his life working for tribal rights. I had

strongly opposed his arrest & incarceration. The Union

government should be answerable for absolute apathy and non

provision of timely medical services, leading to his death,"

Soren had said.

Stan Swamy had worked for about three decades among

tribals in Jharkhand. PTI NAM

SNS SNS


Disclaimer :- This story has not been edited by Outlook staff and is auto-generated from news agency feeds. Source: PTI

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