Indian steel-project protestors killed by bomb blasts

BHUBANESWAR, India Sat Mar 2, 2013 5:08pm EST

Related Topics

BHUBANESWAR, India (Reuters) - At least three people protesting against plans for a $12 billion steel project by South Korea's POSCO in southeastern India were killed by crude bombs on Saturday, police said.

Police said those killed in the village of Patna in Odisha state were probably making the bombs themselves, but a protest group spokesman said the dead activists were victims of an attack by supporters of the steel project.

"We strongly condemn this barbaric and inhuman killing of innocent villagers and strongly demand the arrest of the culprits immediately," said Prashant Paikary, a spokesman for POSCO Pratirodh Sangram Samiti, which is spearheading protests.

Another protester was critically injured, police said.

POSCO, the world's fifth-biggest steelmaker by output, signed a pact with the state government in 2005 for a 12 million metric ton-a-year (1.1023 tons) plant on 1,600 hectares (4,000 acres) of land.

Odisha, formerly called Orissa, has already acquired half the land and has been acquiring more despite local protests.

The latest incident came days after media reports the government might resume taking over land from farmers in a few days.

"We are trying to proceed in a peaceful manner. We do not want violence in the area" said a senior Posco official, who did not want to be named.

(Reporting by Jatindra Dash; Editing by Jason Webb)

We welcome comments that advance the story through relevant opinion, anecdotes, links and data. If you see a comment that you believe is irrelevant or inappropriate, you can flag it to our editors by using the report abuse links. Views expressed in the comments do not represent those of Reuters. For more information on our comment policy, see
Comments (1)
Laster wrote:
That the government would do this to their own countrymen is beyond reprehensible. A country that shrugged the yoke of centuries of colonial oppression only to have it return in the form of neo-liberal finance and international corporate greed says a great deal of those few who would sell out their own people in an attempt to keep themselves feed.
Short term prosperity…at what cost?

Mar 02, 2013 9:40pm EST  --  Report as abuse
This discussion is now closed. We welcome comments on our articles for a limited period after their publication.