Jagatsinghpur/Kendrapada, October 13 (Odisha.in) Anti Posco activists Saturday released four Posco officials comprising three south Korean an Indian after confining them for about six hours but claimed to have kept the ten labourers hostage whom they had abducted Thursday.
“We have not released them yet” president of the Posco Pratirodh Sangram Samiti (PPSS) Abhaya Sahu told Odisha.in.
They will be released after the administration promises us that they will not construct the bridge to facilitate the Posco Company” Sahu said.
The labourers were picked by anti Posco activists Thursday when they were going to start work on the bridge over Hadua River near Gadakujanga village. The protestors have kept them in ‘Dhinkia’ a village which will be badly affected by the proposed plant.
It is not the first time the Posco Pratirodh Sangram Samiti (PPSS) abducted officials of the Posco and government officials. There are over a dozen of such cases in the past.
On Friday, general manger of Kujnag Posco office Ardhendhu Mohapatra and company’s local laision officer Basant Nayak and another one person were confined at Gadakujang by anti Posco activists.
The officials some how managed to escape from their clause last night. They came through on water ways from Gadakujnag as the protestors have sealed off all the exit routes.
Interestingly the local police and administration which had last weeks told Posco to start construction work did not come to the rescue of the company.
While police officials kept themselves away from the scene, the officials of the local administration did not come forward nor did they issue any statement. They acted only after the activists abducted the Posco officials including the three south Korean.