People's Democracy

(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)


No. 06

February 10, 2013


 CPI(M) Protests Land Acquisition for POSCO

Suresh Panigrahi

ON February 4, activists of the Odisha state unit of the CPI(M) organised a protest demonstration   at Jayadev Vihar Square in Bhubaneswar, the state capital, to oppose the move for land acquisition for the POSCO, by the use of police force, in the Dhinkia and Gobindpur areas in the district of Jagatsinghpur. They also expressed their strong condemnation of the police atrocity on the people of these areas.

It is known that the CPI(M) has been opposing the acquisition of land for the POSCO project in these areas. The CPI(M) has been demanding a stop to the land acquisition for the POSCO project and withdrawal of the police force from Dhinkia and Gobindpur areas in order to restore peace and normalcy there. Another demand is that the government must issue pattas to all the traditional forest dwellers of the area for the forest lands under the Forest Rights Act. The CPI((M) has also asked the state government to respect the people’s sentiments and that the chief minister should call an all party meeting immediately to find out the alternative solutions.