Statement on the murder of anti-POSCO activists & Complaint to NHRC

We the undersigned are outraged and distressed over the latest turn of events in the antiposco struggle villages of Jagatsinghpur district of Odisha.

On 6:30 pm on 2nd March, hired musclemen of Posco threw bombs at antiposco activists in Patana village and killed 3 activists and severely injuring several others; one of them is batting for his life at cuttack medical college. This conspiracy was hatched by Posco management and local contractors with active connivance with the Odisha government to murder Abbay Sahoo the President of Posco Pratihrodh Sangram Samiti, and to violently suppress the antiposco struggle with despicabls unconstitunal means by hiring criminal elements to eliminate and intimidate activists of PPSS which is spearheading antipopsco movement.

It is to be noted that few years ago the hired hoodlums of Posco management attacked shri Dula Mandal, an antiposco activist of Gobindpur village, killing him. This indicates the criminal degeneration of the corporate sector with a complicit probusiness and anti people state can stoop down to any level for their greed.

On 5th march 12 platoons of armed police led by the district collector and SP forcible entered Gobindpur village and destroyed more then 25 betel vines the major source of livelihood of local people.

The state assembly session is in session from February 26-March 7, the Odisha government has begun preparations to resume forceful land acquisition in the village. The government was forced to stop land takeover activities at Gobindapur village in the proposed project site in the first week of February owing to stiff opposition from villagers and concerned people across the globe.

The Odisha government is going ahead with the forceful land acquisition process for the steel plant despite the fact that Posco does not have an environmental clearance for the project. The environmental clearance given by the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) on January 31, 2011 was suspended by the National Green Tribunal (NGT) on March 30 of 2012. Posco was not even have a memorandum of understanding with the government now. The one it had singed on July 22, 2005 lapsed on July 21, 2010 and no fresh MoU has been signed so far.

Even, the palli sabha meeting of Gobindapur, and the gram sabha meeting of Dhinkia panchyat on 18 October, 2012, more then 2000 residents unanimously voted against diversion of land for Posco’s project under provisions of the Forest Rights Act 2006. The ongoing land acquisition is a blatant violation of the Forests Rights Act as the rights over forest lands in the area are not being recognized and vested and consent of the Palli Sabhas has not been obtained by the state government.

The above incidents exposes the criminal nexus between national and international big business with the comprador third world states, who can go any extent to prostrate in front of  their imperial masters to hand over the natural recourses to the marauding multinational corporations.

We are worried of the growing criminalisation and lumpenisation and the strengthening of the insidious nexus between the national and multinational corporations with the third world states.

The bloodsucking neoliberal economy has created an equally predatory neoliberal state which joins hand with hired musclemen of the corporate sector and also sends its coercive apparatus like the police and paramilitary forces to forcibly dispossess the peasants, adivasis and other marginal communities from their land and livelihoods. This is the ugly reality of 21st century primitive accumulation where accumulation through violent dispossession is the sad story of contemporary land grab.

We condemn this dastardly act of violent attack and murder of PPSS activists and demand the scrapping of the Posco project.

1) Chittraranjan Singh, National Secretary PUCL
2) Ashok choudhury, NFFPFW
3) Dr.Sunilam, Kisan Sangharsh Samity
4) Kiran shanheen, Women against sexual violence and state expression(WSS)
5) Anand Swarup Verma, Editor Samkaleen Tisri Duniya
6) K.K. Niyogi, All India Platform for Labour Rights
7) Manj Mohan, Hind Mazdoor Sabha
8) Roma, NFFPFW
9) Anil chaudhury, INSAF
10) Insha Malik, Research sholar JNU
11) Bhupen singh, Research sholar JNU
12) Vijay Pratap, Socialist front
13) Madhuresh, NAPM
14) Rajendra Ravi, NAPM
15) Anna Khandre, Samajwadi party
16) Putul, Yuva bharat
17) P.K. Sundaram,
18) Prakash Kumar Ray, Editor
19) Nayanjyoti, Krantikari Naujawan Sabha
20) Vinod Singh, Samajwadi Jan Parishad
21) Rakhi Scigal, Labour activist
22) Gopal Krishna, Taxis Watch
23) Mamta Dash, Posco pratirodh solidarity Delhi
24) Asit Das, Posco pratirodh solidarity Delhi



Mr.Chandranath Dani, Advocate
Secretary, Center for Legal Awareness and Human Rights (CLAR)
1384/4600 Sastri Nagar, Unit-IV
Bhubaneswar 751001 (Odisha)
Cell : +91-94392 28370.

Justice K.G.Balkrishan
National Human Right Commission
Farid Court House, Copernicus Marg
New Delhi 110001.

Dt. 8th March 2013

Sub: Urgent action against the in-human, unconstitutional attitude of district / state administration towards the peaceful demonstration and barbaric arbitrary action of state police officials on the peaceful women demonstrator in the village Gobindpur and Dhinkia,  Jagatsingpur district of Odisha, resulting severely injuring about 20 villagers (Women & Senior citizens) human rights defenders.


With due respect I like to bring the following matter of concern before your kindness for urgent necessary action,

That, on 7th March 2013 to withdraw police force from the area and to stop the illegal forceful land acquisition, ladies from the village Gobindpur and Dhinkia area had assembled peacefully at Phula Khai Temple in Gobindpur village. After a meeting all of them then had organized a peaceful rally to the Mangalapada area of Gobindpur village where about 10 platoon of police force is assembled for the illegal land acquisition.

While the group were passing through the jungle and was about to arrive at the Mangalapada the police force inflicted sudden lathi-charged upon the protestor. Also had used teargas. As a result about 40 women are injured out of them 12 lady defenders were injured severely.

Find append some of the photographs and news published in local daily “DHARITRI”

Hence I beg your kindness to act urgently upon the matter and oder an enquiry by some independent authority or NHRC to dismiss the intentionally field false cases upon the defenders in the area, “Issue an notice to Home Secretary, Director General of Police Odisha to immediately stop this kind of act upon  a peaceful demonstration and pass any other order / orders for the act of kindness for which I shall be highly obliged.

Sincerely yours
(Chandranath Dani)
Center for Legal Awareness and Human Rights (CLAR)

Victims / HRD Details:
1.  Ms.Manorama Khuta aged about 27 years, D/O Baidhara Khuta, R/O Vill- Dhinkia, PS- Abhyachandpur Dist – Jagatsinghpur Odisha And 11 others.

Person Injured:
1. Rina Mallick
2. Hemalata Samantray
3. Chaena Das
4. Liu Das
5. Santi Sethi

All the above are elderly lady are resident of village Gobindpur/Patna. Other injured persons are:
1. Sulochana Barik
2. Solia Mallick
3. Sati Barik
4. Narayan Das
5. Tulasi Das
6. Basanti Mandal
7. Satia Mallick
8. Prabhabati Swain
9. Tapoi Samal

1. Mr Satya Mallick, District Magistrate and Collector Jagatsinghpur District Odisha
2. Mr Satyabrata Bhoi, Superitendent of Police Jagatsinghpur District Odisha
3. Mr.Gupteswara Bhoi, Inspector In Charge Kuganja Police Station, District Jagatsinghpur Odisha
4. Inspector In Charge Abhyachandpur Police Station, District Jagatsinghpur Odisha

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