Orissa allows Bardhan`s meet near Posco`s proposed plant site
The Orissa governent on Tuesday decided to allow CPI General Secretary A B Bardhan to address a meeting at the entry point to Posco`s proposed plant.
Bhubaneswar: The Orissa governent on Tuesday
decided to allow CPI General Secretary A B Bardhan to address
a meeting at the entry point to South Korean steel major
Posco`s proposed mega plant near Paradip where police action
against protestors on May 15 had sparked a national outcry.
"The government will allow the CPI leader to hold a
meeting at Balitutha," Chief Minister`s Principal Secretary
Bijay Patnaik told reporters after a review meeting on the
situation in Balitutha.
Bardhan arrived in the state this afternoon for a
The state leaders of six other parties comprising CPI,
CPI(M), Forward Bloc, SJP, RJD and JMM were scheduled to
attend the meeting.
The district administration of Jagatsinghpur, which had
clamped prohibitory orders at Balitutha, is likely to lift the
order soon, official sources said.
The police had on May 15 cleared the area of anti-Posco
agitators camping since January 26 resisting land acquisition
for the project, by making lathi-charge, firing teargas shells
and rubber bullets.
"We have cleared the road at Balitutha captured by a
group of people in the name of opposition to Posco project,"
Jagatsinghpur Superintendent of Police Debadutt Singh said.
Rubbishing the charge of human rights violations, he said
police had only cleared the road and not entered anyone`s
The police force deployed in large number at Balitutha
would remain, a senior police officer said.