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Monday , February 25 , 2013
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Torture cry in Posco zone

Paradip, Feb. 24: A woman living in the Posco project area has filed a complaint that she was being tortured for not taking part in the resistance movement against the steel major.

Abhayachandrapur police have registered a case in which the victim alleged that her husband and anti-Posco outfit leaders were torturing her both mentally and physically.

“We have received a complaint from Manini Das, 30, who is from Dhinkia village. According to the complaint, she could not spare time for the movement and for this, she was allegedly beaten up by her husband, who is an active member of the anti-Posco outfit. The complainant also said that Posco Pratirodh Sangram Samity president Abhaya Sahu had threatened and asked her to join the resistance movement,” said inspector of Abhayachandrapur police station Gupteswar Bhoi.

The Posco Pratirodh Sangram Samity, which is spearheading the resistance movement against the steel project, has been keeping women and children at the fore front in human barricade agitation along the Dhinkia-Gobindpur border.

Dismissing the charges levelled against the Posco Pratirodh Sangram Samity general secretary of the outfit Sisir Kumar Mahapatra said: “We never force anybody to take part in the protests. Those who have taken part in the resistance movement have done so spontaneously.”

On the other hand, United Action Comittee, a pro-Posco outfit, accused the Posco Pratirodh Sangram Samity of running parallel administration and intimidating the supporters.

“Pro-Posco families are living in fear. The administration should provide them security,” said United Action Committee president Nirvaya Samantaray.

Jagatsinghpur superintendent of police Satyabrata Bhoi said two platoons of police had been deployed in the project area to prevent any untoward incident. “We have deployed forces since a section of the villagers had sought protection,” he said.