Orissa govt, anti-Posco agitators talk fails

The second round of talks between Orissa government and anti-Posco group on Saturday failed to yield any result.

Bhubaneswar: The second round of talks
between Orissa government and anti-Posco group on Saturday failed to
yield any result as both disagreed on the continuance of
socio-economic survey being carried out at the villages of the
proposed plant site near Paradip.

While Posco Pratirodh Sangram Samiti (PPSS) leaders
demanded immediate stop of survey as the exercise had sparked
tension among the people, the government refused to accept it.
"There is no point in the talk when our people are
being assaulted by the police at the proposed plant site
villages in the name of survey work," PPSS advisor Abani
Boral, who leads the agitators in the talk, told PTI.

The meeting between anti-Posco activists and the
revenue divisional commissioner (RDC), central division, P K
Mohapatra and other senior officials, was held here for the
first time on May 29.

Jagatsinghpur MP Bibhuprasad Tarai (CPI) had played a
vital role in bringing the agitating group to the discussion

"There has been no police excesses during the ongoing
survey work," Mohapatra said, adding that there was no point
in stopping the survey work as the people were supporting the
survey teams.

Citing the incident on June 2 at Nuagaon village where
locals and police clashed with each other, PPSS general
secretary Sisir Mohapatra claimed that several people were
injured as police resorted to lathi-charge during the survey.
"Talk and police atrocities cannot go together,"
Mohapatra who is also the sarpanch of Dhinkia gram-panchayat,
the epicentre of anti-Posco agitation, said.

During the talks, PPSS leaders also demanded immediate
withdrawal of forces from the area as it affected normal life
in the proposed plant site villages.

"Our women and girls are unable to come out of houses
due to heavy deployment of security personnel at villages,"
Mohapatra said.

PPSS which had pledged not to vacate an inch of
fertile land for setting up the steel plant, also informed the
government that they would continue to fight till the end.

"We demanded shifting of the proposed plant site
which was also rejected by the administration", Baral said.


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