Land acquisition for Posco plant gains momentum
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On the other hand, project opponents stepped up their stir at Patna under Dhinkia gram panchayat, considered the epicentre of anti-Posco agitation, and one of the three gram panchayats involved in the Posco imbroglio with protesters, including women and children, sealing Gobindpur-Dhinkia road.
The other two gram panchayats located in the proposed Posco project site near Paradip are Gobindpur and Gadakujanga.
Though land acquisition work progressed smoothly at Gobindpur village amid deployment of armed police personnel in strength, the participation of a large number of school children and women in anti-Posco demonstration seemed to have become a cause of worry for the administration, sources said.
Refuting allegation levelled by anti-Posco leaders that land acquisition was being carried out forcibly in the area, a senior official said betel vines of those villagers who had given their consent in writing were being demolished.
Police force has been deployed as the villagers who were handing over their betel-vines wanted full protection, the district collector said.
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