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Captive POSCO officials released in Orissa

Two officials of the Korean steel giant, POSCO, who were detained by villagers opposing POSCOs proposed project near Paradeep, were released early this morning after taking an undertaking that they would never enter the villages.

Paradeep (Orissa), May 12 : Two officials of the Korean steel giant, POSCO, who were detained by villagers opposing POSCO's proposed project near Paradeep, were released early this morning after taking an undertaking that they would never enter the villages.

The POSCO Pratirodh Sangram Samiti led by Abhay Sahu is spearheading the agitation against the project.

Sahu claimed that Y K Kim, senior POSCO official, had requested him to release company officials.Four officials of the steel giant, including a driver and a woman employee, had gone to the Nuagaon Village in Jagatsinghpur District on Friday to talk about land acquisition for the 12 billion-dollar steel plant to be established in the area.

However, villagers opposed to the project, obstructed them, damaged their vehicles, and took them captive.

The driver and the woman employee Rosalyn Parida were released immediately while the other two- Debasish Swain, a senior executive and Pranabananda Das, a public relations officer -were taken away to Patana village and held hostage for over 10 hours.

POSCO had signed a deal with the Orissa Government in June 2005 to set up the plant in the coastal district of Jagatsinghpur near Paradeep by 2016.

Since its inception, villagers have opposed the project and over 20,000 people from around 15 nearby villages, including Dhinkia, Gada Kujanga and Nuagaon are protesting against the project, fearing displacement and loss of their betel leaf farming land.

However, POSCO says the project would create thousands of jobs and affect only 500 families.

ANI

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