URGENT APPEAL FROM POSCO PRATIRODH SANGRAM SAMITI AS ON 1st NOVEMBER 2011

The following appeal by the anti–POSCO movement comes as government and POSCO are planning their next move which could finally checkmate against those opposed to the setting up of the POSCO steel plant. On the one hand, both the government and the company are trying to build an alternative road (with protection by police and POSCO goons) along the coast to gain access to the proposed POSCO site. On the other hand, the government is now coming out with statements such that 2000 acres of land already forcibly acquired for the project could be enough for POSCO to start with.

This is an extremely cunning move by the government that could finally give POSCO the access to the site and establish its shop at Dhinkia. If everything works according to plan, this move could only prove deterimental to the anti-POSCO movement and must be opposed at all cost.

Editor

Dear Friends,

We earnestly appeal to all of you to send your immediate protest letter to the government of Odisha regarding its recent decision to start the construction of coastal road from Paradeep to our village for POSCO. We fear that over 400–500 henchmen of POSCO followed by police forces might forcibly enter into our area. From media reports, it may construe that they can attack on or before 3rd of November 2011. On 30th October 2011, our villagers have decided to intensify
the protest if the Government goes ahead with land acquisition and construction of the coastal road.

On 27th of October 2011, the Chief Secretary of Odisha Mr. B.K Patnaik said in the media that he had asked POSCO authorities to begin work on the acquired land. Of the 4,000 and odd acres of land required by the company, the state government claims to have acquired 2,000 acres and hence POSCO could start work over this land.

In this regard, Mr. Priyabrat Patnaik, Chief Managing Director of Industrial Development Corporation of Odisha (IDCO) held a meeting with the Jagatsinghpur district officials on 28th of October, 2011.

As you all know that the government’s move to allow POSCO to start work in the area is completely illegal as the MOU has lapsed more than a year back. Opposition parties including Congress and BJP opposed Orissa government’s move to invite POSCO-India to begin work on the acquired land even before a fresh MoU was signed.

At this critical juncture, we appeal to all concerned citizens activists, intellectuals and media friends to extend their support and put consistent pressure on the government to stop the forcible eviction of the people. Our villagers in a meeting in Dhinkia also have resolved to oppose any move by the state. We know Priyabrata Pattnaik as an officer with criminal credential and can do anything to harm us and help the project. Any intervention from your side will be of help to us.

We shall inform you the further developments here.

Kindly circulate this mail widely.

In Solidarity,

Prashant Paikaray

Spokesperson, POSCO Pratirodh Sangram Samiti

Mobile no – 09437571547

E -Mail- prashantpaikray@gmail.com

Please Write and Call…..

1.Mr. Shri Manmohan Singh, Prime Minister of India, Prime Minister’s
Office, Room number 152, South Block, New Delhi, Fax: + 91 11 2301
6857; manmohan@sansad.in

2. Mr. P. Chidambaram, Union Minister of Home Affairs, Ministry of
Home Affairs, 104-107 North Block, New Delhi 110 001 India, Fax: +91
11 2309 2979 / 23094221 E.mail hm@nic.in

3. Justice K. G. Balakrishnan, Chairperson, National Human Rights
Commission of India, Faridkot House, Copernicus Marg, New Delhi 110
001, Fax: +91 11 2334 0016, Fax No. 23384863 Email: chairnhrc@nic.in ;
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4. Naveen Patnaik, Chief Minister, Odisha, Fax 0674-2535100 E. mail
cmo@ori.nic.in

5. Mr. S. K. Patnayak, Chief Secretary, Government of Odhisa, FAX:
0674 – 2536660 e.mail csori@ori.nic.in

6. Mr. Narayan Chandra Jena, District Collectior, Jagatsinghpur,
Contact number +919437038401 Fax No : +916724220299

7. Mr. Debadutta Singh, Superintendent of Police, Mobile No-
+919437094678, dmjsp@ori.nic.in