Kids join Posco stir: 'No point studying if our land is gone'
- Congress says Togadia spreading venom; EC seeks recording of alleged hate speech
- Proponents of Article 370 should say how it has helped J&K: Rajnath Singh
- 1984 riots: Akalis protest over Capt Amarinder Singh's clean chit to Jagdish Tytler
- Supreme Court issues notice to Goa Police, agrees to hear Tejpal's bail plea in sexual assault case
- IPL 7 Live Cricket Score, CSK vs DD: DD draw first blood, McCullum departs early
At Gobindpur village, where the Orissa government is planning to acquire 700 acres of land, now under encroachment of villagers since last several decades, the police ran into a wall of villagers who surrounded them demanding their immediate return. "Pherijao, pherijao (go back, go back)," hundreds of children and women, led by CPI national secretary and MP D Raja, shouted near the police camp at the village. "We don't want Posco in our area. We would rather die than work as a labourer in Posco plant," said Pratima Biswas, who alleged that she was thrashed by the police on February 3.
The villagers were particularly angry over the police oppression on February 3 when the policemen allegedly rained blows on children and women. Villagers pointed out how sisters Suni Parmanik (8) and Sunayna Parmanik (7) were allegedly kicked by policemen even though they had no role in the anti-Posco protest.
On Thursday most of the children bunked classes as they thronged the dharna place on a sand dune. "What is the point of studying if our land is gone," said Prashant Jena, a class V student of Dhinkia Upper Primary School, who was allegedly kicked by policemen on February 3. At Gobindpur Upgraded Middle English School, the attendance was 50 against a strength of 200-odd.
Though local tehsildar tried to justify the presence of police saying they were "meant for law and order", the police had to retreat in the face of anger. "Why do the police need to be in Gobindpur? Their presence is escalating the tension," said Raja.
- 21-year-old dies in road mishap, one injured
- Ask Badals where is Ludhiana Metro: Bhattal to locals
- Arrests in priest murder case divide Catholic Church
- Short Change: EPFO to allot permanent account number to active subscribers by Oct 15
- India Inc profit set to grow, but margins under pressure
- Mulayam: Will amend Constitution for Muslim quota