STATEMENT ON THE MURDER OF ANTIPOSCO ACTIVISTS

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We the undersigned are outraged and distressed over the latest turn of events in the antiposco struggle villages of jagatsinghpur district 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 samity, and to violently supress 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 lively hood 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 Merauding Multinational Corporations.

We are worried of the growing criminilastion 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, Adiasisard 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 archivists and demand the scrapping of the Posco project.

Chittraranjan Singh     National Secretary, PUCL

Ashok choudhury         NFFPFW

Dr.Sunilam                  Kissan Sangharsh Smity 

Kiran shanheen           Women against Sexual Violence and State Opression(WSS)

Anand Swarup Verma Editor, samkaleen tisri duniya

K.K. Niyogi                   All India Platform for Labour Rights

Manoj Mohan               Hind Mazdoor Sabha

Roma                           NFFPFW

Anil Chaudhury            INSAF

Insha Malik                 Research Scholar JNU

Bhupen Singh              Research Scholar JNU

Vijay Pratap                Socialist front

Madhuresh                  NAPM

Rajendra Ravi             NAPM

Anna Khandre              Samajwadi party

Putul                            Yuva bharat

P.K. Sundaram             IndiaResists.com

Prakash K Ray      Editor, bargad.org

Nayanjyoti                    Krantikari naujawan sabha

Vinod singh                 Samajwadi jan parishad

Rakhi Saigal                 Labour activist

Gopal Krishna              Taxis watch

Mamta Dash                Posco pratirodh solidarity Delhi

Asit Das                       Posco pratirodh solidarity Delhi

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