Orissa Police stage flag march in proposed POSCO area
Saturday, June 12, 2010
Orissa Police stage flag march in proposed POSCO area

Paradip: The police on Thursday staged a flag-march from Nuagaon to Govindpur Hanuman Temple for restarting the survey work in the proposed Posco area. Seven armed platoons of police staged the flag marched.

However, there was no untoward incident or any opposition by villagers or anti-Posco project activists, reports said.

But after the flag march Posco Pratirodh Sangram Samtiti (PPSS) president gathered around 1,000 people at Badadhihamatha and held a meeting to oppose the survey work at Govindpur village at any cost.

School students and women will be in the front line to oppose the survey.  A woman activist Sabita Swain said that when the state government wants to solve the problems by mutual discussion at that time the administration is flexing its muscles to scare the locals.

PPSS general secretary and Dhinkia gram panchayat sarpanch Sishir Mohapatra said that the state government does not have any positive attitude in favour of the Odia people.

Contacted, PPSS president Abhaya Sahoo said that the Samiti will protect its motherland and birthplace at any cost and won’t allow the survey team to enter Govindpur village.

School students, women and senior citizens will oppose the survey team. The situation is going to very critical as the chief minister has called an all-party meeting to discuss about Posco, but the real situation and the basic problem have not been ascertained till today.

After five years the CM wants a discussion only. He also said that the policemen are beating and firing on our people on the directions of the democratic government for a foreign company.

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