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Naxal blockade against Tata, Essar projects

Naxal-sponsored traffic blockade against Tata, Essar projects

Raipur, Jan 2: Vehicular traffic was today affected on the first day of a Maoist-sponsored two-day road blockade in Dandakaranya area, which includes the Bastar region of Chhattisgarh and Garhchiroli area of Maharashtra, to oppose projects by the Tata and Essar groups.

All vehicles, including buses, stopped plying in interior areas of Dantewada, Bijapur, Narayanpur, Kanker and Bastar districts of Chhattisgarh, police told PTI here.

Maoists called the protest in Dandakaranya on the first anniversary of the firing incident at Kalinganagar in Orissa, in which several tribals were killed while opposing the handing over their land for a Tata project.

In a joint statement, CPI-Maoist's Dandakaranya "Special Zonal Committee" secretary Kosha, spokesman Gudsa Usendi and Chhattisgarh "State Committee" secretary Anup also called for opposing allotment of lands to Tata, Essar, Jindal and Texas Power Generation to set up plants in Bastar and other tribal regions.

A total of 10,000 acres are being "forcibly" acquired from tribals of Bastar for setting up a steel plant by Tata and lands are being acquired "at gun point" for Essar, the Maoists claimed. To express solidarity with the affected people, they called a `chakka jam' in Dandakaranya.

When contacted, Dantewada's Superintendent of Police Om Prakash Pal claimed the Naxal's bandh call had hardly any impact and the first day went off peacefully.

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posted by Bimal 3.1.07,


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