Series of protests planned against police excess in Orissa

Agitated over the police action injuring several protesters opposing setting up of Posco steel plant in the state, Left parties and certain anti-project outfits Sunday called state-wide protests on May 20 and 21.

Last Updated: May 16, 2010, 17:38 PM IST

Bhubaneswar: Agitated over the police action
injuring several protesters opposing setting up of Posco steel
plant in the state, Left parties and certain anti-project
outfits Sunday called state-wide protests on May 20 and 21.

While six non-Congress, non-BJP and non-BJD political
parties decided to observe May 21 as a protest day, the
organisations opposing the project announced their plan to
impose a state-wide road blockade next Thursday.

A protest meeting would also be held on May 19 which will
be addressed by CPI general secretary A B Bardhan at
Balitutha, the entry point to Posco`s proposed plant site.

At least 30 protestors were injured yesterday when police
fired rubber bullets and teargas shells to evict protesters --
mostly women and children -- opposing the project.

The decision to observe the `protest day` was taken at a
meeting of six political parties comprising CPI, CPI(M),
Forward Bloc, JMM, RJD and SJP at Bhagabati Bhavan, the state
headquarters of CPI here.

"We have also appealed to other parties to support the
protest day," CPI`s state secretary Dibakar Nayak said, adding that the police action had crossed "Lakshman
Rekha" for a civil society.

As a mark of solidarity to the people campaigning against
the South Korean steel major`s proposed steel mill, the
activists of the six parties would organise rallies, dharnas
and civil disobdience agitation across the state, he said.

PTI