India News | Opp parties visit Dhinkia, say some people fled their homes fearing police action
Paradip (Orissa), Jan 21 (PTI) A day after he called for Governor Ganeshi Lal to intervene in alleged police excesses at Dhinkia in Odisha’s Jagatsinghpur district, the site of a mega JSW steel project and a cement plant, a delegation from 13 opposition parties Friday visited the area and met with locals.
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Members of Congress, CPI, CPI-M, Forward Block and others held a meeting in the village, where villagers had clashed with police on January 14.
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CPI-M Secretary of State Ali Kishore Patnaik said people in the area have been living in fear since the clash. “Many young people have not yet returned home as they are in hiding, fearing police action,” he said.
Forty villagers including children and women and five police officers were injured in the clash which took place as people opposed the demolition of their betel vines to acquire land for the sector’s proposed factory. private.
Opposition party leaders have demanded the immediate withdrawal of police forces from Dhinkia to restore normalcy to the area.
An official said the land acquisition process for the proposed steel and cement plants is ongoing. The administration has so far acquired around 50 acres by demolishing around 320 betel vines and paid compensation of Rs 8.62 crore to the affected families.
A total of 362 betel vines on government land will be acquired, he said.
“Farmers’ betel vines are demolished with proper consent. They should come forward to donate their betel vines and receive compensation,” said Ersama tehsildar PN Das.
The administration has also started identifying trees to be felled for the project on private land in the village of Govindpur. More than 800 fruit trees like coconut and cashew have been identified and marked, the official said.
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