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
Anil Chaudhury INSAF
Insha Malik Research Scholar JNU
Bhupen Singh Research Scholar JNU
Vijay Pratap Socialist front
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