ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Urgent Appeal on POSCO

On 10 June, 1,000 police officials in riot gear, some of them armed, marched into Govindpur village, Jagatsinghpur district, Orissa, intending to forcibly evict farmers from common land. About 2,000 protestors demonstrated peacefully against the police officials, leading to a tense situation for four hours. Due to intense afternoon heat, five demonstrators – two women and three children – and two police officials fainted, following which the policemen retreated for the day, after threatening the villagers that the forced evictions would be carried out soon.

An estimated 4,000 families from four villages of Jagatsinghpur district are under threat of being forcibly evicted from common land used for farming and cultivation. The farmers and their families are dependent on this land for their livelihoods and some families also live there.

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