Thursday, 30 March 2017 08:29
Villager-Cop Clash at Adani Power Project Hearing
THREE persons, including a senior police officer, sustained injuries today when protesters claed with men in uniform during a public hearing on 4th March to assess the environmental impact of an Adani Power project in Motia and other villages of Godda district, 300km from here. The hour-long hearing was organised by the district administration from 11am, with “1,000 policemen on duty”, to sell the version of Adani promoted by Modi government to pacify the tens of thousands of villagers who are protesting against the project. As the Adani’s men along with the BJP leaders in power in Jharkhand tried to seek support of the people for this project which creates pollution and destroy environment the thousands of people assembled started raising slogans and opposing the project. Once the authorities tried to wind up the meeting and tried to go away without replying to the questions raised by the people, the more than 4,000 villagers started protesting. As the police started to use force to disperse them the villagers targeted their anger against policemen with stone missiles. The police resorted to lathi charge in which many were injured. But as the people started resisting the police had to flee and the villagers have declared that they will not allow the construction of the project to be started.