The following is an update that we received from the anti- POSCO movement. In response to the attack on the anti-POSCO protesters by a private militia linked to the ruling party with rods and country made bombs, the protesters are currently trying to secure their defence position from the coastal side in order to prevent any further attempt by the militia or the police from gaining access to the villages.
Thank you very much for your immediate response to our last update.
A day after the private goons attacked our people, on 27thSeptember 2011, more than 3000 villagers dug up the main entry point of Dhinkia village from the coast side to prevent the contractors and their henchmen from building the road for facilitating POSCO project. Our villagers have erected bamboo gate at the proposed construction site to debar entry of the government officials, company staff and contractors. We are determined to stall any attempt to build the coastal road.
You may clearly understand that police in a clear nexus with ruling party leaders and contractors to trample people’s democratic movement against the steel project. Everything was done at the behest of the civil and police administration. The police had prior knowledge about the planned attack on the people. The police were not far away from where the incident took place but they remained silent as anti-socials went about beating us.
On 27th September 2011, Ms. Satyabati Swain (age – 55, w/o – Late Narendra Swain) and Ms. Anita Sharma (age – 35), residents of Govindpur village of Dhinkia Panchayat went to file FIRs at Kujang Police Station. Instead of accepting the F.I.R, Mr. Gupteswar Bhoi, I.I.C. humiliated both of them by abusing in filthy language. He has detained Ms. Satyabati Swain in lieu of showing old false cases. The complaint of Ms. Anita Sharma was accepted but the IIC is attempting to get away the name of the main culprits of the incident Mr. Pravat Nandi (owner of Paradeep Paribahan) and Mr. Bapi Circle.
At this juncture, we are requesting you to call the following authorities and write to NHRC, NCW and other human rights bodies showing the police brutalities against our villagers.
We shall inform you the further developments here.
Kindly circulate this mail widely.
Spokesperson, POSCO Pratirodh Sangram Samiti
Mobile no – 09437571547
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1 Mr. Narayan Chandra Jena,
District Collectior, Jagatsinghpur,
Contact number- +919437038401 Fax No – : +916724220299
2. Mr. Debadutta Singh,
Superintendent of Police
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