Stop Police Repression: An Urgent Appeal from Anti-POSCO Struggle

4 anti-POSCO activists killed in bomb blast

Courtesy: THE HINDU
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The Posco Pratirodh Sangram Samiti (PPSS), which is spearheading the movement against land acquisition for the project, identified the deceased as Manas Jena (32), Nabanu Mandal (35), Narahari Sahoo (52) and Laxman Paramanik. They were active members of the anti-POSCO movement.

At least four persons were killed when a bomb went off on Saturday evening at Patna village — which comes under the area for the proposed POSCO steel plant — in Odisha’s Jagatsinghpur district, about 150 km from here.

The Posco Pratirodh Sangram Samiti (PPSS), which is spearheading the movement against land acquisition for the project, identified the deceased as Manas Jena (32), Nabanu Mandal (35), Narahari Sahoo (52) and Laxman Paramanik. They were active members of the anti-POSCO movement, the samiti claimed.

“Some goons hired for facilitating the setting up of the mega steel plant by POSCO India Private Limited hurled bombs at our activists. The miscreants were actually targeting Abhaya Sahoo, president of PPSS. But they did not have clear visibility in the dark. As a result, the other four died in the bombing,” alleged PPSS spokesperson Prasant Paikray. The PPSS strongly condemned this “barbaric and inhuman killing of innocent villagers” and demanded the immediate arrest of the culprits.

The district administration, however, contradicted its claims. “We have received unconfirmed reports about the death of three persons. The place, where the explosion took place, has been out of bounds to police and project supporters for several years. So the claim of some people hurling bombs is incorrect,” Superintendent of Police Satyabrat Bhoi told The Hindu over telephone.

“As per the information trickling in from the area, the bombs went off when the people opposed to the steel project were preparing explosives in their backyards,” Mr. Bhoi said.

The incident happened at a time when the State government is preparing to resume land acquisition. On February 3, hundreds of armed police personnel forced their way into Gobindpur village and dismantled a few betel vineyards.

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Dear Friends,

Today i.e on March, 2nd 2013 , the government of Odisha has sent around six platoons of police at Badagabapur (near POSCO transit camp). It’s highly possible that they repeat a forceful police operation tomorrow. Our villagers are in high alert to face any forceful land acquisition for POSCO steel plant.

As you know that the state assembly session is in interregnum from February 25- March 7, the Odisha government has begun preparations to resume forceful land acquisition in our village.

The government was forced to stop land takeover activities at Gobindapur village in the proposed project site in the first week of February owing to stiff opposition from the villagers and concerned people across the globe.

The Odisha government is going ahead with the forceful land acquisition process for the steel plant despite the fact that Posco does not have an environmental clearance for the project. The environmental clearance given by the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) on January 31, 2011 was suspended by the National Green Tribunal (NGT) on March 30 of 2012.Posco does not even have a memorandum of understanding with the state government now. The one it had signed on July 22, 2005 lapsed on July 21, 2010 and no fresh MoU has been signed so far. So what is the basis on which the state is acquiring land for the project ?

Even, the palli sabha meeting of Govindpur, and the gram sabha meeting of Dhinkia panchayat on 18 October, 2012, more than 2000 residents unanimously voted against diversion of land for Posco’s project under provisions of the Forest Rights Act 2006. The ongoing land acquisition is a blatant violation of the Forest Rights Act as the rights over forest lands in our area are not being recognized and vested and consent of the Palli Sabhas has not been obtained by the State government.

Requesting all of you to circulate this message to our media friends and start calling the authorities to stop the forthcoming police operation at Govindpur village .

Kindly circulate this mail widely

Hoping for solidarity,

Prashant Paikary
Spokesperson, POSCO Pratirodh Sangram Samiti
Mobuile no – 09437571547
E-Mail – [email protected]

You can write and call to the following :

1. Naveen Patnaik

Chief Minister, Odishas
Tel. No.(O) 011 91 674 2531100,011 91 674 2535100,
011 91 674 2531500, Epbax 2163
Tel. No.(R) 011 91 674 2590299, 011 91 674 2591099,
011 91 674 2590844, 011 91 674 2591100,
Fax No- (91)6742535100
E Mail: [email protected]

2. Murali Chandrakanta Bhanadare, Governor of Odisha, Fax No- (91)6742536582

3. Shri B K Patnaik, Chief Secretary, E-mail: [email protected]
Phone no – 0674 – 2536700
0674 – 2534300
0674 – 2322196
Fax No – 0674 – 2536660

3. S.K. Mallick , District Collector, Jagatsinghpur, Contact number 09437038401, Fax no -: (91)6724220299

4. Superintendent of Police, Debadutta Singh. Mobile no-09437094678, [email protected]

5. Dr Manmohan Singh, Prime Minister of India
Tel no- +9111-23016857
e mail: [email protected]

6. Sonia Gandhi: Tel Phone no – (91)11-23014161, (91)11-23012656, Fax- (91)112301865, [email protected],

7. Chairperson, National Human Rights Commission of India, Faridkot House, Copernicus Marg, New Delhi 110 001, Tel: +91 11 230 74448, Fax: +91 11 2334 0016, Email: [email protected]

8. Shri. V.Kishore Chandra Deo
Minister of Tribal Affairs
Ministry of Tribal Affairs,
Room No. 400 ‘B’ Wing, Shastri Bhawan,
New Delhi- 110001
[email protected]

9. Smt. Jayanthi Natarajan
Minister of Environment & Forests
Ministry of Environment & Forests
Paryavaran Bhawan,
CGO Complex, Lodhi Road
New Delhi-110003
[email protected]