Press Esc to close
Sunday 21 September 2014
News updated at 8:24 AM IST
Weather
Max: 27.1°C
Min : 20.1°C
In Bangalore
Sunny day

Posco: Women armed with chilli powder to take on cops

Paradip (Odisha), Jul 2, 2013, (PTI) :
Women holding a protest against the land acquisition work for Posco steel project in Patana village in Paradip district on Tuesday. PTI Photo

With Odisha government allegedly using force during the last phase of land acquisition for Posco's mega steel project near here, residents of the proposed plant site villages, mainly women, are armed with chilli powder to take on the cops.

Though Jagatsinghpur district administration halted betel vine demolition in the face of stiff opposition since Sunday, the protesters are ready to oppose land acquisition.

"We are ready with chilli powder and broken bangles," said Manorama Khatua, Chief of women wing of the CPI-backed Posco Pratorodh Sangram Samiti (PPSS). She said women will lead protesters and prevent state government from using force.

The members of PPSS's women wing would use chilli powder and broken bangles against police if they lob tear gas shells or resort to lathicharge, she said.

As the state government was on the last leg of land acquisition process, former CPI MLA Marayan Reddy, Samajwadi Party state general secretary Arun Jena, CPI leader Ramakrushna Panda and others camped at Gobindpur village to stall land acquisition activities.

"The protesters will put full strength this time as government has reached the last phase of land acqusition," said Reddy, addressing a meeting at Gobindpur village, where land acquisition was on in the last phase.


PPSS secretary and local sarpanch Sisir Mohapatra also warned that the government would be responsible if there is any violence in the area. "People are very angry. They may take extreme step to protect their land," he said.

Meanwhile, Jagatsinghpur district collector S K Mallick said administration refrained from land acquisition for the last two days due to bad weather.

"We will resume the activities tomorrow," Mallick said adding the government is ready to have talks with the agitators on any issue.

The district officials led by ADM, Paradip Surjit Das had begun demolition of betel vines yesterday. However, the work was suspended for the day due to tension.

The administration has dismantled around 59 betel vines during the last phase of land acquisition while compensation was yet to be paid in current phase.

Only 21 beneficiaries are willing to receive their compensation amounting to Rs 89.90 lakh, sources said.

Go to Top

Photo Gallery
Amitabh Bachchan attends a “Kaun Banega Crorepati” event in Mumbai ...

Amitabh Bachchan attends a “Kaun Banega Crorepati” event in Mumbai ...

Gold medal winner India's Jitu Rai poses at the medal ceremony of Men's 50M Pistol shooting ...

Gold medal winner India's Jitu Rai poses at the medal ceremony of Men's 50M Pistol shooting ...

India's Heena Sindhu  during 10M Air Pistol Women's team qualification shooting ...

India's Heena Sindhu during 10M Air Pistol Women's team qualification shooting ...

Dalai Lama during inaugural speech at two-day meeting of Diverse Spiritual Traditions of India ...

Dalai Lama during inaugural speech at two-day meeting of Diverse Spiritual Traditions of India ...

John Abraham along with Spanish football player Joan Capdevila during a press conference in ...

John Abraham along with Spanish football player Joan Capdevila during a press conference in ...

India's badminton player P V Sindhu play a shot against Thailand's Buranaprasertsuk ...

India's badminton player P V Sindhu play a shot against Thailand's Buranaprasertsuk ...

ITC Chairman Y C Deveshwar meets Prime Minister Narendra Modi to hand over a cheque for  ...

ITC Chairman Y C Deveshwar meets Prime Minister Narendra Modi to hand over a cheque for ...

India's P C Thulasi plays a shot during the Quaterfinal match of women's singles badminton ...

India's P C Thulasi plays a shot during the Quaterfinal match of women's singles badminton ...

Two stray dogs on a pipe in a flooded locality on the outskirts of Srinagar ...

Two stray dogs on a pipe in a flooded locality on the outskirts of Srinagar ...

Bollywood actor Farhan Akhtar at the launch of Coca Cola Zero in New Delhi ...

Bollywood actor Farhan Akhtar at the launch of Coca Cola Zero in New Delhi ...

Copyright 2014, The Printers (Mysore) Private Ltd., 75, M.G Road, Post Box 5331, Bangalore - 560001
Tel: +91 (80) 25880000 Fax No. +91 (80) 25880523