On 2nd March 2013 the anti-POSCO movement was met with a fresh instance of violence and oppression when bombs were hurled at around 6:30 pm into a meeting room of Posco Pratirodh Sangram Samiti, at Patna Village, Dhinkia, Jagatsinghpur. The bomb killed Manas Jena – Age 32 on the spot and two others, Nabanu Mandal – 35 and Narahari Sahoo – 52, succumbed to their injuries as the police didn't respond to their call for ambulances on time. Mr. Laxman Paramanik was critically injured and is undergoing treatment at the moment.
Company-sponsored goons who were allegedly trying to target the PPSS leader Mr. Abhay Sahoo carried out the attack. Police however deny this and have stated that the bombs were set off accidently by members of PPSS as they were trying to make explosives.
This is not the first instance of violence against members of the anti-POSCO movement. A recently released fact-finding report by the Alternative Law Forum titled ‘Captive Democracy’
, details how the State has been misusing various sections of the Indian Penal Code to repress the movement.
People's movements from across the country stand in solidarity with the struggle of villagers of Jagatsinghpur. “This act of terror is extremely condemnable but will not deter the spirit of resistance,” said spokespeople of the National Alliance of People’s Movements.
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