Bhubaneswar, Jan 15:
Protesting against the green clearance to South Korean steel major Posco by the Ministry of Forest and Environment (MoEF) and the recommendation of Khandadhar mining lease in favour of the company, the Anti-Posco Solidarity Forum observed a nationwide protest day in various parts of the country including Bhubaneswar here on Wednesday.
Over hundreds of slogan-shouting demonstrators of the Forum holding placards in their hands congregated at Master Canteen Square here in the morning to protest against the four-day visit of South Korean president to India beginning today and the decision of the state government to allow Khandadhar mining lease to Posco.
They demanded immediate cancellation of green clearance accorded by the Centre to the South Korean steel company.
The Forum activists also burnt the effigies of the South Korean president, prime minister Manmohan Singh, Union minister for Environment and Forest Virappa Moily and chief minister Naveen Patnaik.
“We oppose the Posco project In Odisha and the environment clearance by the MoEF. We also protest the decision of the state government to lease out Khandadhara mines. The South Korean steel company should not be allowed to explore mining in this region as it is one of the most important bio-diversity zones in Odisha,” Human Rights activists Biswapriya Kanungo told OST during the protest.
Among others, convener of the Forum Narendra Mohanty, spokesman of Posco Pratirodh Sangram Samiti Prasant Paikray, Sibaram (CPI-ML), Mahendra Parida (CPI-ML Liberation), Suresh Panigrahi (CPM), Satish Mishra (CPI), Amiya Pandav (Odisha Jan Morcha), Harish Mohapatra (RJD), Sudarshan Pradhan (Samajwadi Party), Prafulla Nayak (RPI), Human Right activist Srimant Mohanty, Bijay Pradhan (Ekta Parishad), Lenin (Janabadi Lekhak Sangh), Promodini Pradhan (PUCL), Managobind Besra (All India Adivasi Mahasabha) and Debendra Mantri (Kandhamal Banabasi Surakshya Parishad) participated in the demonstration.