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Orissa Tribals Protest Road Work for Tata Steel Plant in Kalinga Nagar

JAJPUR: The police fired rubber bullets in the air to disperse the tribals, protesting against the construction of a new road in Kalinga Nagar industrial complex area in Jajpur district on Tuesday. Two persons have been detained by the police for interrogation. The trouble began when about 500 tribals, including women and children, in traditional attire and weapons, gathered at Baligotha under Kalinga Nagar police station limits to prevent resumption of the common corridor road, stalled since January 16 following their protest.

The protesters, mostly supporters of Visthapan Virodhi Jan Manch (VVJM), pelted stones and mounted arrow attack on policemen deployed in the area, prompting the cops to fire rubber bullets in the air. Six tribals sustained minor injuries following a brief clash with the police.

Thirteen platoons of armed police personnel have been deployed to prevent further flare-up. "We were constructing Common Corridor Road (CCR), while some people opposed us, leading to the clash," said Kalinga Nagar Additional District Magistrate (ADM) Ranjit Keshari Mohanty.

''We have been requesting the protesters to receive their land-related dues. But, they are not paying any heed to our requests,'' he said. Work on CCR, being carried out by the State-owned IDCO, had been suspended following protest by the tribals, officials said.

"Though tension prevails in the area, the situation is under control," Jajpur Superintendent of Police D S Kuttey said. Both Jajpur SP and Kalinga Nagar ADM have been camping at the site. "The administration is forcibly constructing road over our private lands. We will oppose this illegal and forcible construction," said Rabindra Jarika, secretary, VVJM. ''We will not be displaced and also not allow any displacement in the area,'' Jarika added.

Express Buzz, January 20, 2010