Repression in Vedanta Alumina Area
The Orissa government has become restless to suppress any democratic
resistance and protest coming in its way of opening mining reserves for plunder by Indian and multinational companies. The
leadership is busy in signing MOUs everyday and the state police have been empowered to deal with firmly if anywhere people
are preparing themselves to oppose this madness of the regime. Even now in Kasipur, where Alcan and Aditya Birla's UAIl have
not got any fresh approval from appropriate authorities under the forest and environment acts, people have been forced to
leave with repression. Local police is still terrorizing innocent tribals either by arresting them or by arresting people
who have volunteered to bail out their arrested kith and kin. On 25 th October 2005, the Jajpur district deputy
police chief came in plain clothes to Bhubaneswar in a vehicle donated to them by the Jindals and kidnapped Rabindra Jarka
the tribal leader of the movement of displaced persons of Kalingnagar industrial city from a crowded public road close to
the venue of the All India Tribal Convention organized by the AIKMS and Loka Sangram Manch.
Right now when I am writing this mail to you all, the police are
aggressively continuing their mission of arresting the visiting leaders and activists including their local hosts in Lanjigarh
and Bhawanipatnam who have started arriving in Bhawanipatnam and Lanjigarh in response to the appeal of the local movement
against Vedanta Aluminum to launch a " Vedanta Go Back" campaign. The report of the CEC of Supreme Court accusing the Company
of gross violation of forest and conservation laws and acts and indicting the state and union governments for their complicity
in the crimes have inspired the locals to renew their demands of throwing Vedanta out of Kalahandi. Tomorrow, that is on 11
th of November, 2005, they have a plan to launch an agitation at the gate of Vedanta's plant site in Lanjigarh,
which the company is constructing at an aggressive pace ignoring the CEC report. Most of the leaders from the on going people's
movements in Orissa have assembled in various places in Kalahandi to reach Lanjigarh tomorrow and express their solidarity
with the locals. But the leaders and activists had never anticipated that armed police would surround Lanjigarh from all sides
and prevent them from reaching Lanjigarh. So far they have detained the key local leaders and activists who included Nayan
Dash and Sidharth Naik. The police in Bhawanipatnam are searching for state level leaders camping in the town to arrest them.
People approaching Lanjgarh by road have been threatened with dire consequences. A war like situation has been created in
the district because of massive deployment of armed police. The Chief Minister Nabin Pattnak, who happens to be the home minister
is least aware of the deeds of his force and is least interested to know about it. Outside pressures in the form of protest
e.mail and appeals may work.
Since you are all aware of the projects in question and the past
developments we are not burdening you with any further details.
Thanks and regards
(While writing this mail, we just now received a message from
a reporter that the controversial POSCO is being given 125000 acres of land in the tribal district of Koraput for Carbon trading).