This article was posted on Indian Vanguard on January 20, 2010.
Tribals clash with police at Kalinga Nagar
Jajpur, Orissa: Angry tribals today clashed with the police near Rohit Ferrotech plant in Kalinga Nagar industrial complex area in Jajpur district to protest against the construction of a new road, officials said. Two persons were detained by police in this connection and they were being interrogated, they added.
The trouble began when about 500 tribals in their traditional attire and weapons, including women and children, gathered at Baligotha under Kalinga Nagar police station limits to prevent resumption of road work, stalled since January 16 following their protest. The police had to fire about 300 rubber bullets and blank firing in the air to disperse the tribals, the sources said.
In retaliation, the protesters, said to be the supporters of Visthapan Virodhi Janamanch (VVJ), pelted stones and mounted arrow attack on policemen deployed in the area. However, six tribals sustained minor injuries in the brief clash, sources said. Read the rest of this entry »