INDIA: Government allows attacks on protesters while ignoring their land, livelihood and food concerns

AHRC, Oct. 5, 2011

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Hunger Alert Case : The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information that on September 26, hundreds of people hired by a construction company attacked villagers protesting against the construction of a coastal road, allegedly to facilitate the POSCO project. Sticks, stones and hand-bombs were hurled upon the protesters, resulting in 12 injuries, two of them serious. The police allegedly received a prior notice of the attack and were nearby, but did not come to the spot for intervention. Instead, the Inspector in Charge of the Kujang police station humiliated two women who came to file a complaint at the police station, and tried to remove the names of the key perpetrators: the owner of the construction company and the leader of the hired attackers. This was one protest amongst many that have been occurring against the POSCO project in Orissa, which will gravely affect people’s livelihood, food security and the environment.

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