`Force vs Children` at the Posco zone
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Last Updated: Sunday, June 19, 2011, 11:16
Bhubaneswar: It is 'force versus children' in the battle for land to set up Posco's proposed mega steel project in Orissa's Jagatsinghpur district where the anti-displacement stir has entered the decisive phase.

While a determined state government have accused the Posco Pratirodh Sangram Samiti (PPSS), a body spearheading agitation against the South Korean steel major, of using the children as a "shield", the villagers sought to differ.

"We involve children in the agitation to counter the state's brute force which is trying to forcibly acquire land without consent of the farmers." PPSS President Abhay Sahu said.

About 300 children are leading the anti-Posco agitation for last 12 days as the state government deployed more than 600 armed security personnel to enter into Dhinkia gram panchayat, considered as epicentre of the six-year-old anti-displacement movement.

"I believe the children should never be used in agitation. The persons, be it their parents, should be held responsible for using them in this manner," Orissa's Women and Child Development (WCD) minister Anjali Behera said.

The WCD minister said she would like to initiate action against the persons involved in the practice. "It is cruel to make children agitate under scorching sun and heavy downpour," the minister remarked.


First Published: Sunday, June 19, 2011, 11:16

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