India: villagers clash with police over Orissa steel project

Two peasant protesters were injured in a police charge while blocking the entry of survey teams for an industrial project into Nuagaon village in Jagatsinghpur district of India’s Orissa state on June 2. The violence came five days after talks opened between the state government and local residents opposed to a proposed steel plant to be built by South Korean major Posco. Hundreds of villagers blocking a road at Balitutha were similarly charged by police on May 15, leaving several injured. (The Telegraph, Calcutta, Kalinga Times, Odisha, June 2; Sanhati, May 19)

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