Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Kalinganagar Jan 2:
To commemorate 10 years of the firing incident at Kalinganagar, in Jajpur district in Odisha, where 13 tribals were killed in police firing during protests against the Tata steel plant, members of the Visthapan Virodhi Jan Manch celebrated Martyrs’ day today.
“We are holding a memorial service for the martyrs those who had lost their lives in the 2006 incident. Today is the 10th anniversary of the firing incident. Like every year we will hold a rally from Miamlingi, via Dogri to Birbhumi. We will hold a meeting after the rally. From tomorrow there will be a sports event,” said, Rabindra Jarika, secretary, Visthapan Virodhi Jan Manch (VVJM).
“Our community people will join in large numbers, some of the organisation persons will join us from across the state. We were protesting the displacement of our land when the incident had happened, we are still protesting the land grabbing by the company,” he added.
Meanwhile, a three member inquiry commission set up by the State government for investigating the incident is stuck midway without any conclusion.
To prevent any untoward incident security has been tightened in the area.
“They are commemorating the 10th anniversary of the 2006 January incident. We have deployed 7 platoon force, which consists of 2 DSPs, 3 inspectors and many police officers. Security arrangements have been tightened and police is ready for any eventuality”, said P K Sahani Addl SP Kalinganagar.
He added that the law and order situation is peaceful.
It is noteworthy that the Tata Steel Managing Director (India and South East Asia) T V Narendran in Jamshedpur yesterday has said that Tata Steel’s Kalinganagar Plant in Jajpur district will be fully operational by March 2016, according to reports.