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Naxalites lend support to anti-Posco stir

Posted by Indian Vanguard on May 23, 2007

BHUBANESWAR, MAY 22:  Posco India's proposed Rs 52,000-crore steel project in Orissa is likely to face further hurdle as naxalites belonging to the CPI (Maoist) have urged the affected villagers to intensify their struggle against the project.

Intelligence reports have confirmed that Maoist leaders recently visited the villages affected by the project and distributed leaflets.

Police sources said naxalites were trying to set up base in the area taking advantage of the tense situation in the three gram panchyats of Dhinkia, Gadakujanga and Nuagon. Villagers here are protesting the location of the proposed plant under the banner of the Posco Virodhi Sangram Samiti and the Naba Nirmana Samiti.

Meanwhile, the CPI (ML) general secretary, Dipankar Bhattacharya urged villagers to continue their struggle against the project. He cautioned the state government that unless the people's problem was taken care of, naxalites belonging to the Maoist group would certainly take advantage of the situation.



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