Tension on Naveen Jindal’s steel plant site after villagers, workers clash with guards

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It has reported that Naveen Jindal’s Jindal Steel & Power Ltd (JSPL) Angul plant site on Tuesday following a clash between villagers and industrial workers on one side and security personnel on the other side. More than 30 persons were injured and several vehicles were damaged in the clash.

Locals of Kailakata, one of the affected villages sat on a dharna in front of plant gate yesterday, demanding fulfillment of their key demands, including jobs to male and allowances to female oustees among other things as promised by the company during the acquisition of their land. Villagers are saying that Jindal Steel & Power is not fulfilling Corporate Social Responsibility and not   taking care of project affected villagers.

JSPL is building its 6 MTPA steel plant and 1,000 MW power plant in Angul, Orissa.

Things heated up on Tuesday morning when some villagers were demonstrating near the Kaliakata gate on Tuesday demanding jobs and proper rehabilitation in the project when security personnel of the plant tried to stop them.

The villagers and security personnel pelted stones at each other. Some laborers also attacked the guards after some of their colleagues got injured in the ruckus. One of the injured guards was taken to the SCB Medical Collegeand Hospital, Cuttack.

Reportedly, 33 acre agricultural land and hundred acre forest land was acquired for the project. In lieu of the land, villagers were demanding jobs and proper rehabilitation in the project.

According to the media report, as the company security tried to disperse them, a pregnant lady got hurt.

Meanwhile, the villagers who accused the company and district administration of cheating, held a meeting later and demanded stern action against the local inspector in charge of Nisha police station police station and a senior company official, holding them responsible for fomenting the incident.

Tapan Kumar Satapthy, the plant’s land acquisition officer said the land losers were paid due compensation. After the completion of the construction work, land losers would be absorbed in the project, he added. Angul SP Satyabrata Bhoi said the situation was under control.

(INDIACSR Correspondent/reports)

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