“Land acquisition process began in Gobindpur village in the proposed project site near Paradip. It will continue till all betel-vineyards of the cultivators willing to hand over their land is completed,” District Collector SK Mallick said.
According to Additional District Magistrate Surjit Das, betel-vines and land of those who had already given their consent are being acquired. On the other hand, the heads of Posco Pratirodh Sangram Samiti (PPSS), accuses police of launching preventable crackdown on villagers aiming to resist entry of acquisition team into Gobindpur. The incident allegedly injured six villagers.
“We have begun acquisition of land at Gobindpur village this morning. Betel vines and land of those who had already given their consent are being acquired,” said Surjit Das.
CPI leader and MP Bibhu Prasad Tarai blamed police of using force for the demolition process. Protesting and demanding withdrawal of police, Tarai staged a dharna at nearby Patna Chhak. Similar protests were also reported in Bhubaneswar.