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Saturday, July 16, 2011

POSCO's Forceful Land Acquisition: Work halted, villagers claim police excess!

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PTI / The Hindu / PARADIP, July 16, 2011.

Villagers try to stop the armed police's entry to Posco project site in Polang village in Jagatsinghpur district. File photo
Villagers try to stop the armed police's entry to Posco project site in Polang village in Jagatsinghpur district. File photo - PTI.

Work at the proposed Posco steel project site in Orissa’s Jagatsinghpur district could not be taken up on Saturday due to protest by locals who chased the police leading to a brief scuffle between them.
Though opponents of Posco claimed that five women were injured, one of them seriously, at Mathasahi under Nuagaon panchayat after being beaten up by the police, the district administration dismissed the allegation.
“No police excess was committed as claimed by some people. Police were discussing with people when the villagers used vulgar language and chased them with batons and brooms,” Additional District Magistrate Sarojkanta Choudhury said.
Inspector of Kujanga police station Gupteswar Bhoi said, “Officials along with police force reached the forest area at Mathasahi for felling of trees. They tried to convince the people but the people resisted the police from proceeding”.
Police did not use force nor was any one injured, Mr. Bhoi said.

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