Prashant Paikray, Spokesperson for the POSCO Pratirodh Sangram Samiti on 20 July has issued the following statement :
” On May 11, 2013 our leader Sri Abhaya Sahoo was arrested in a preplanned strategy for which the police had planted several cases implicating him. Their conspiracy to destabilize the movement did not work. From the next day following his arrest our people started gathering in hundreds of number. Now it has become a daily activity. The number is increasing every day as a result of which POSCO has not been able to acquire an inch of land in our villlage.
” Our protest is becoming stronger despite the illegal arrest of our leader. However the district administration is continuously
making a false propaganda as if they have already acquired our land. The POSCO and the administration are in a habit of spreading lies and confusion among the public outside our area.
” From 16th May 2013 onwards, A state-wide platform POSCO Pratirodh Jan Sangharsh Manch (PPJSM) have started a demonstration for indefinite period at Lower PMG, Bhubaneswardemanding immediate scrapping of the project and release of PPSS leaders Abhay Sahoo, Laxman Paramanik ( victim of the bomb attack), Promod Das and two others from jail.
“Though different groups and organizations across the nation have condemned the undemocratic and ill motivated moves of the state government , all these have little impact on a state which is perpetuating its tyranny having been inspired by the Union government’s love for POSCO that has resulted in ( i ) atrocities on our peaceful protesters, ( ii ) uncalled for and illegal arrests, police cases and ( iii ) unleashing of a reign of terror by using private goons.
” Every night our villagers go to sleep with a fear in mind that their forces and goons may come and capture our land. They want the people and their solidarity groups to get tired and resign to fate. We are determined we will continue the fight. I would request you also to support our cause despite POSCO propaganda. ”