Naveen terms Posco area killing as "tragic"

Last Updated: Thursday, December 15, 2011 - 16:12

Bhubaneswar: Terming Wednesday’s killing of one person during a clash between the anti-Posco brigade and a private contractor over construction of a coastal road
linking the Posco`s proposed plant site at Dhinkia with Paradip as "tragic", Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today said action would be taken against the guilty.

"What happened yesterday is very tragic. The matter will be looked into and action to be taken as per law," Patnaik told reporters outside the Assembly.

Stating that he had been repeatedly saying that the state government believed in "peaceful" industrialisation, the chief minister said that peace would be maintained in the Posco`s proposed plant site area and other places.

Asked whether he had given "go ahead" to the
authorities of the Industrial Infrastructure Development
Corporation (IDCO) to undertake construction of the
controversial coastal road project, Patnaik said, "Obviously
not".

"I have not given any sanction to the IDCO for
undertaking the road project," he clarified.

Meanwhile, the Jagatsinghpur district administration
announced that the activities for setting up the Rs 52,000
crore steel plant project of the South Korean steel major
would be taken up with consultation of the local people.

"We will do it (Posco project) with support of the
local people," Jagatsinghpur district collector N C Jena said.
Meanwhile, the district police have began probe into
the yesterday`s violence where one person was killed and 25
others injured.

The police have meanwhile received three FIRs, two
from the contractor`s side and one by Mounabati Das of
Gobindpur village.

PTI



First Published: Thursday, December 15, 2011 - 16:12

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