Arrest of and Malicious Campaign against our leader Sri Abhay
It is shocking to learn that the arrest of Sri Abhaya Sahu, President, Posco Pratirodh Sangram Samiti was part of a plan by the state to destabilize the movement against land acquisition by the South Korean Posco in Dhinkia, Gada Kujanga and Nuagaon Gram Panchayats of Jagatsinghpur district, Orissa. Abhaya bhai was part of a democratic structure and led the movement as per the mandate given to him by the people. In addition to him there are many leaders who have been leading the fight on the ground against the unethical conduct of the state and the corporate Posco in the area with equal commitment and determination. Abhaya bhai had to be taken to a hospital, which was not disclosed because of threats to his life. The local doctor advised him to do so since he had a complex of health problem and the doctor felt that Abhaya bhai was neglecting his health too much. His sugar levels had gone beyond 400 and he was losing mobility. Only because of his failing health, an unwilling Abhaya bhai was forced to leave Dhinkia, which, he made his home for the last 3 years. He was in a house which did not have electricity and the villagers were providing him food on rotation.While returning, the vehicle he had taken on hire from the city was stopped at Bhutamundei chak on Paradeep route in the evening of 12th October 2008 and he was arrested.
Let me inform you here that there was no such interrogation or questioning of Abhaya bhai by police or the intelligence officials. No cash or credit cards recovered from him. The police only took away his hospital records and some tickets and payment receipts. He was arrested in the evening of 12th October. He was taken to Paradeep circuit house in the night. He was produced immediately after that before the Kujang magistrate and the bail was turned down. 13th October morning he was in Choudwar jail near Cuttack. But the police in Jagatsinghpur had prepared their own plan to launch a malicious campaign against him. They shared all that they had manufactured to mislead the public with a section of the media who are working more as a medium for posco rather than a neutral news-sharing medium to share the truth. They wanted the people believe that, Abhay Sahu had built a bunglow in Bhubaneswar and had amassed huge properties and was leading a luxurious life in some cities. When I met him in Jail and shared all these, he had a big laugh and said if there is house which I don't know but they know, you please ask them to dispose the house/bunglow and give the money to anti-Posco fighters to carry on the fight in my absence. He has only a patch of land in his native village close to the posco affected area, he said. But he put a counter question, how much the media, officers and the politicians have got out of the Rs 2000 million Posco has claimed to have spent in the project where single brick has not been moved? We are sure the people in the area who know abhaya bhai and the sacrifices he has made for the last 3 years will get more angry and agitated with such ill motivated campaigns against their leadership but the middleclass intellectuals have faith in the corporate media. I am told a corporate person in the name of Deba Nayak who is a perfect example of the nexus between the corrupt media and the corrupting corporations has resumed once again the well calculated drive against the on going peoples' movements and their committed leadership in Orissa. If one remembers this name Deba nayak was used extensively to propagate Tata powered campaigns against the leadership of Kalinganagar movement. I would like to caution the well- wishers of the struggling and repressed people of Orissa not to fall in any such trap.
For everybody let me clarify that the anti-displacement struggle against Posco is going on as usual and gaining strength though in the process we have lost Dula Mandal and 4 of our activists including the leader Abhaya Sahu and the leader of Govindapur Prakash Jena are in jail. The Posco authorities in connivance with some villagers of Nuagaon had a meeting on the 17th of October to launch an attack on our peaceful villagers in Govindapur. The people are ready to face such an attack, which looks imminent since the collector and SP of Jagatsingpur are helping them and encouraging them. We would request you all to please put pressure on the CM not to encourage such people to launch offensives of this nature. Abhaya bhai was able to control the anger of the agitators even in extreme situations. But his absence will be felt only if there is armed attack on our peaceful agitators who are terribly angry and upset because their fellow activists earlier and their leader now have been arrested without any reason.
We assure you that our struggle will achieve its objectives and the company will be driven out of our soil.
Prashant Paikray Spokesperson
Posco Pratirodh Sangram Samiti __._,_.___
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