Odisha: CPI national secretary and MP D Raja led a demonstration on Thursday by anti-Posco agitators, mostly children and women, near here demanding complete withdrawal of police force from the proposed plant site areas in Odisha's Jagatsinghpur district.
Raja, who flayed "midnight entry by the police" into Gobindpur village in a bid to facilitate acquiring of land for the Rs 52,000 crore mega steel project of the South Korean major, led the demonstration as it neared Gobindpur-Mangala Chhak where police set up a temporary camp.
"Though the district administration yesterday announced withdrawal of force from Posco's proposed plant site area, the personnel are still lodged at the temporary camp here," Raja told the gathering of anti-displacement activists.
Jagatsinghpur SP Satyabrata Bhoi, however, maintained the police force had to rush to the temporary camp on Thursday after getting information about the rally.
A large number of activists from CPI, CPM, Forward Bloc, Samajwadi Party, RJD and members from different NGOs also participated in the demonstration. The supporters and activists of opposition Congress and BJP also joined the gherao agitation lead by Raja.