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Tension prevails at Kalinganagar

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Villagers set fire to motorcycles

BHUBANESWAR: Tension prevailed at Kalinganagar industrial complex in Jajpur district on Thursday after the tribals opposing the establishment of a proposed steel plant of Tata Steel came out to oppose the ground levelling work for the project.

According to the police, about 50 tribal men and women came out of their hamlets and chased away a small group of workers, who were about to start work in the morning hours.

The agitating villagers set ablaze a few motorcycles which the workers left behind while fleeing the spot.

The tribal protestors left the spot only after the armed police chased them away.

The tribals have been opposing displacement by the proposed steel plant under the banner of Bisthapan Birodhi Janamanch after 13 persons were killed in police firing while opposing ground levelling work for the steel project way back in January 2006.

Work suspended

Meanwhile, the Jagatsinghpur district administration suspended the land acquisition work in the area earmarked for the proposed steel plant of Posco India Private Limited.

The land acquisition and compensation payment process, which was started a few days ago, was stopped following protest from various quarters.

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