Jajpur, Dec 30 (Odisha.in) Tribals are preparing for a Mahameli at Amba gadia in the Kalinga Nager Jajpur on January 2 next to observe the second anniversary of the police firing in the region.
On Jan 2 2006 fourteen tribals including three women and a 12-year-old boy were gunned down by the police while they opposed land acquisition for Tata’s proposed steel plant at Kalinga Nagar.
About 20,000 tribals from across the state and outside are likely to attend this congregation to extend their support to the agitating tribals been fighting against mega industries for past two years.
The triabl are particularly fighting against the proposed 1.6 MTPA steel project by Tata steel.
The Vistapan Virodhi Jan Manch (VVJM), the organization which has been leading the movement has already started massive preparation for the lodging and boarding of the delegate.
They have also plan to hold a mammoth rally followed by a protest meeting at Ambagadia to decide their future course of action. This apart, the congregated visitors will pour oil on all the 14 stones as per the death anniversary in Munda tribe tradition, known as ‘Dul-Sunum’.
“Our invitation is open to all the ‘Sangramees’, who are against forcible land acquisition and against mega industries in India” a tribal leader said.
We have invited POSCO Sangramees from Jagatsinghpur district to Nandigram Sangramees in neighbouring West Bengal requesting them to join the program.
Many eminent activists are also invited from many states of India. We expect a congregation of nearly 20,000 people on this day which we are observing as ‘Martyrs’ Day,” said Visthapan Virodhi Janmanch President, Chakradhar Haiburu (senior).
VVJM will organise a mammoth rally starting from Champakoila where the firing was held to Ambagadia, the mass cremation of the firing victims spot through Duburi on Daitary-Paradeep Express Highway on the Martyrs’ Day. This apart, a protest meeting is being organized,” added Mr. Haiburu.
“We will deploy about five hundred policemen to avoid any toward incidents” Jajpur Superintendent of Police, Dhirendranath Sambaji Kuttey said.