Odisha tribals pay tribute to Kalinganagar land acquisition victims

Last Updated: Thu, Jan 03, 2013 10:10 hrs

Tribals in Odisha's Kalinganagar area, paid tribute to victims of January 2, 2006 violent clash between the locals and police over land acquisition for a Tata plant.

The tribals took out a march, led by Bisthanpan Birodhi Mancha, an anti-displacement forum of the locals here.

The convener of the Bisthanpan Birodhi Mancha, Ravi Jarika, said on Thursday that the town observed it as 'Martyrs Day' to mark the seventh anniversary of the violent clash.

"We observe this day as 'Martyrs Day' every year. People from surrounding areas have come to participate in the march and paid tribute to the victims," said Jarika.

Large number of tribals from nearby villagers gathered at Champakoili and marched towards a pillar erected in the memory of the martyrs.

Jarika also said that the kin of the victims are still pressurized and forced to leave the town.

The agitated tribals shouted slogans and also burnt the effigy with the photograph of the former Chairman of Tata group, Ratan Tata as a mark of their protest.

Tension gripped Kalinganagar, an industrial town of the state, seven years ago following the violent clash between villagers and policemen over construction of boundary wall of the Tata Steel's million-tonnes steel project.

The incident took place when some of the villagers displaced by the steel plant, entered their village to take their household belongings under police protection.

The police, however, claimed that villagers attacked with bows and arrows and the police resorted to baton charge and firing of rubber bullets to disperse the crowd. (ANI)

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