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Protests Intensify At Talcher Over Land Acquistion For MCL Mine


29 October 2019

Diptanshu Dash


Angul: Talcher MLA Braja Kishore Pradhan and Angul SP Jagmohan Meena engaged in a verbal spat during an agitation which erupted during land acquisition at MCL's Hingula open cast project here on Tuesday.

Tension erupted today after locals of Bhalugadiha village protested land acquisition initiated by the administration raising issues like compensation, employment and rehabilitation of the displaced.

The agitation was fueled after local MLA Pradhan and his supporters joined the protest. Pradhan was involved in a spat with Meena who asked him to take the legal route rather than disrupting public thoroughfares.

The locals had blocked roads near Colliery Police Station and Handidhua chhak. The villagers of Bhalugadia demanded to be compensated with land at a different location. However, this demand was not met following which the villagers resorted to strike, said sources.

The matter escalated after a group of protesters including the MLA were detained by the police. Production of coal at the local mines was affected due to the protest at Talcher, sources added.

Braja Kishore Pradhan, Talcher MLA

Ajay Kumar Singh, Project Officer, Hingula