Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

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  • There has been increasing opposition from the farmers of the village and the nearby area
  • Five villagers were detained by police on Friday while they were trying to oppose the land acquisition process
  • Ten platoons of police have been deployed to maintain the law and order situation in the area

The State administration is facing strong resistance by the locals to the land accusation process for constructing an MSME park at Rio village under Panposh sub-division in Sundargarh district.

On Thursday, officials had to opt for police protection as they started land measurement at Rio village as a part of the land acquisition exercise. There has been increasing opposition from the farmers of the village and the nearby area. 

Five villagers were detained by police on Friday while they were trying to oppose the land acquisition process. As many as 10 platoons of police have been deployed to maintain the law and order situation in the area.

Additional SP of Sundargarh, Sub-Collector of Panposh and other officials of the district administration are present in the area. The administration is hopeful that things will be resolved soon following discussions with the locals.

“The presence of police personnel was only a precautionary measure and not to use force. We have listened to farmers’ grievances and have tried to resolve their doubts. But further queries can be cleared only after completing the land measurement procedure. So, we are requesting the locals to let us complete that,” said an official.

On the other hand, the farmers are hell-bent on their opposition to the project.

“The administration should tell me how my family is supposed to earn a livelihood when we completely depend on this land’s agricultural produce for the earning,” said a farmer.

(Edited by Rashmi Ranjan Mohanty)
 

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