Frederick Douglass

"Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did, and it never will. Find out just what people will submit to, and you have found out the exact amount of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them..." Frederick Douglass

Friday, July 15, 2011

Odisha Land Grab Update, July 15

2 killed in police firing in Odisha

In Odisha, two persons were killed and three others injured today in police firing at Kodala in Ganjam district. The incident took place when a group of people demanding release of some arrested villagers threw bombs at the police following which the police had to resort to firing. Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has directed Director General of Police, Manmohan Praharaj, to rush to the spot. The Chief Minister also declared Rs 2 lakh compensation to the next-of-kin of the dead.

A review of Warren Buffet's POSCO's land grab.

Clearing Forests and People in Odisha

Saxena wrote in no uncertain terms that there was violation of Forest Rights Law in proposed POSCO area by the state government. Majority members of the POSCO review committee (Headed by Ms Meena Gupta) held that there was gross violation of environmental laws, fabrication of evidence, perpetuation of forest rights violations and suppressing facts relating to the Costal Regulation Zone (CRZ). They even recommended prosecution of the authorities who had violated the provisions of the Forest Rights Act (FRA) and other environmental laws.