Orissa: Disobedience agitation plan against forcible land acquisition

Alleging forcible land acquisition for Posco steel project near Paradip, five political parties on Saturday resolved to go for a civil disobedience agitation in front of the state secretariat on Monday.

Last Updated: Jun 04, 2011, 20:30 PM IST

Bhubaneswar: Alleging forcible land
acquisition for Posco steel project near Paradip, five
political parties on Saturday resolved to go for a civil
disobedience agitation in front of the state secretariat on
Monday.
The leaders of five parties comprising CPI, CPI(M),
Forward Bloc, RJD and Samajwadi Party in a joint meeting
condemened the state government`s alleged act of using force
to acquire land from the residents of the three gram
panchayats under Ersama block in Jagatsinghpur district.

"Though the chief minister Naveen Patnaik had earlier
committed not to use force for land acquisition, the police
yesterday mercilessly beat up people unwilling to give their
betel vines for the steel project," said CPI state secretary
Dibakar Nayak adding that one Basudev Behera was assaulted by
police at Noliasahi yestreday.

About 4,000 families had been earning their livlihood
by undertaking cultivation on forest land in Ersama block
since generations, a joint statement issued by the five
parties said accusing the state government of violating
provisions of Forest Rights Act, 2006 and setting aside
interest of farmers for Posco project.

Demanding shifting of the proposed plant site from
fertile land of three gram panchayats, they pointed out that
earlier the Indian Oil Corporation`s (IOC) oil refinery
project was relocated at Paradip from Dhinkia area. "We do not
understand as to why the government is reluctant to change the
proposed site," they asked.

This apart, the five parties also strongly condemned
the state government for allegedly threatening villagers to
demolish their betel vines within 48 hours or face forcible
land acquisition.
They also defended the villagers identified as
"encroachers" by the state government for undertaking
cultivation on government land since generations. "The
villagers deserve rights over the land over which they have
been cultivating since generations," the five parties said.

The five parties also cautioned the state government
to face consequences if it did not stop forceful land
acquisition.

CPI stalwart A B Bardhan yesterday had also asked the
state government to refrain from acquiring land for industry
by using force.

PTI