Anti-Posco group leader held
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Abhay Sahu, the lynchpin of the anti-Posco movement in Orissa, was arrested Friday evening near Paradip over his alleged involvement in several criminal cases including that of a dowry death.
Sahu, 54, is the head of Posco Pratirodh Sangram Samiti (PPSS), a CPI-backed organisation that has been the main hurdle in the path of Rs 54,000 crore greenfield steel project by South Korean steelmaker Posco in Jagatsinghpur district.
Police officials in Jagatsinghpur said Sahu was arrested at Nuapokhari village around 7.45 pm over the suicide of a woman allegedly due to dowry demands. The woman's parents had alleged that their daughter's corpse was burnt hastily at the behest of Sahu. There were other cases against Sahu including that of atrocity against a Dalit.
Prashant Paikray, the spokesman for PPSS, said Sahu was arrested while he was returning from Paradip after making arrangements for a CPI conference there. "He has been implicated by the police to weaken the anti-Posco movement," he said. Sahu is a member of CPI's State Committee.
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