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BREAKING NEWS: Orissa villager killed by forces defending Vedanta refinery

Published by MAC on 2019-03-18
Source: The Hindu (2019-03-18)

Shocking news has readed our website today.

It records the latest bloody attempt by "security" forces, under the control of India's Orissa state government, to open a new phase of oppression, in its attempt to smash local resistance to Vedanta's iniquitous bauxite refinery.

More will be posted on MAC, as further news emerges.

 

 

One villager dies as Odisha security personnel resort to lathi charge

Staff Reporter

The Hindu

19 March  2019

 

A villager died and several others sustained injuries when Odisha Industrial Security Force (OISF) personnel resorted to lathi charge on locals who were staging an agitation in front of Vedanta Alumina refinery at Lanjigarh in Odisha’s Kalahandi district on Monday.

About 20 injured villagers have been admitted to Lanjigarh and Biswanathpur hospitals nearby.

The victim has been identified as Dani Batra (45). According to reports, the villagers had sat on a dharna in front of the company gate demanding engagement in the refinery unit from Monday morning. Many agitators were displaced by the Vedanta project.

When security personnel tried to shift them from near main gate, a scuffle ensued, following which security personnel resorted to lathi charge. With tension continuing to mount, authorities clamped prohibitory order under Section-144 of CrPC. As per latest report, people have blocked different roads leading to the plant.

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