The anti-Posco agitation on Saturday intensified with women and children in the forefront even as Orissa government, which had declared the protests as "unlawful", re-deployed police force but it returned for the second day without entering the plant site.
The six-year-old agitation against the setting up of the steel plant, which reached a flashpoint after state government tried to acquire land forcibly, today saw political leaders and civil society activists rushing to the dharna site at Gobindpur to express solidarity with the protesters.
As the villagers, refusing to give away their land for the steel plant, formed a three-tier human barricade at the entry point, 23 platoons of police (about 800 personnel) were re-deployed in the area, official sources said.
Text and Images: PTI
Image: A villager sprays water on children and women to relieve them from the heat as they are lying on the ground during their protest against the turning of their farmland into an industrial development area for a $12 billion steel plant of South Korean conglomerate Posco in Jagatsinghpur district of Orissa on Saturday.