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Joint Resolution adopted at the Delhi Convention 24th Oct 2008

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Joint Resolution


On 24 October 2008


Immediate withdrawal of all cases against and immediate release of Abhay Sahu and other activists of POSCO Pratirodh Sangram Samiti,


Condemning the increasing state repression in Orissa against peaceful resistance of people against anti-people steel project 

In exercise of their Constitutional right to dissent, and the right to a life with dignity, which includes the right to a livelihood of their choice, people of Dhinkia, Gobindpur, and Gadakujang panchayats of Jagatsingpur district in Orissa have put up a non-violent resistance for the past three years against forcible take-over of their lands and resources by the Korean steel giant POSCO. The state government’s dubious plans to build a mega steel plant on their lands will not only devastate the sustainable livelihood systems of thousands of local people, it will also pauperize many more lakhs of people, when the port and mining associated with the project are considered.

Using force to repress people’s democratic voices is not new to the state, though this method of repression has reached another high point with the arrest of PPSS president Abhay Sahu, who was arrested on 12 October 2008. The police claim to have registered as many as 25 (completely false) ‘direct’ cases against him. In all Abhay Sahu is implicated in over 70 cases.  The police have also simultaneously launched a malicious campaign against him through the already corporatised media.  The sole object of employing such tactics is to prolong the process of Abhay Sahu’s release, and further intimidate people opposed to the project and such projects elsewhere in the state including Kashipur, Lanjigarh, and Kalinganagar.

The state’s latest action is also an attempt to hide from the public gaze its utter inability, and barefaced unwillingness to contain the communal violence in Kandhamal and other parts of Orissa.  In other words, while the state is working overtime to squeeze all democratic spaces and deny people their rights, it is opening up new areas for communal hatred and corporate land-grab.

 Despite the state’s increasingly repressive regime, the ongoing struggle by the PPSS has been intensified to a new height since Abhay Sahu’s malafide arrest, with more local residents, especially women, joining in and more democratic voices from all over the world condemning the state for acting in denigration of Constitutional values and human rights, and in favour of corporate interests.


We demand:

  • Withdrawal of all cases against Abhay Sahu and other PPSS activists

  • Immediate and unconditional release of Abhaya Sahu and other PPSS activists

  • Immediate withdrawal of police forces which have surrounded the area affecting the day-to-day life of the people

  • Scrapping of the POSCO project, which has been strongly resisted by the local people since it displaces people, violates their land rights, deprives them of their livelihood and destroys natural resources and the ecology of the region

  • Stop repression on people fighting to protect their lands and resources throughout the state.                                                                                                                                                                                       

Endorsed by:


All India Youth Federation

All IndiaStudents Federation

Bharat Jan Aandolan

Bonded Labour Liberation Front


Centre for Studies on Developing Societies

Communist Party of India

Council for Social Development

Delhi Forum

Critical Quest

Delhi Solidarity Group

Friends of the Earth, Finland

Global Gandhi Forum

Hazards Centre

Himalaya Seva Sangh


Jan Sangharsh Vahini

JNU Teachers Association (JNUTA)


Kashipur Solidarity Group


Matu Peoples’ organisation


National Alliance for Agricultural Worker’s Union

National Campaign for Land and Livelihood

National Committee for Protection of Natural Resources (NCPNR)

National Forum of Forest People and Forest Workers (NFFPFW)


POSCO Pratirodh Sangram Samiti (PPSS)

POSCO Pratirodh Solidarity


Peoples’ Union for Democratic Rights PWESCR


Samajwadi Jan Parishad

Sandharbh Kendra

South Asian Dialogues for Ecological Democracy

Teesra Swadhinta Abhiyan

The Other Media


Aanchal Kapur, Activist

Afaq, Researcher

Ambuja Kumar Tripathy, Academic

Anil Chaudhary, Activist

Anita Soni, Activist

Aparna Sarin, CPI–ML (New Democracy)

Asit Das, Researcher and Activist

Ashok Agarwal, Advocate

B D Sharma, Activist and Ex-Bureaucrat

Babulal Sharma, Socialist

Bhupendra Singh Rawat, Activist

Bipin KR, Activist

Biswajit Mohanty, Academic

D Bandopadhya, Academic & Intellecutal

Dhirendra Pratap Singh, Activist

Himanshu Upadhyay, Researcher

Jang Bahadursingh, CPI

Jaya Mehta, Activist

Jibin Robin,

Josna, Researcher

K B Saxena, Intellectual

K Murugan, Youth Activist

Kalyani, Researcher and Trainer

Kamal Kesari, CPI

Kamal Mitra Chenoy, Academic

Kanchi Kohli, Environmental Researcher and Activist

Madhuresh, Researcher and Activist

Mamata Dash, Researcher and Activist

Manju Menon, Researcher

Manoj K Sinal, Researcher

Manoj Pande, Activist

Manoranjan Mohanty, Academic and Intellectual

Manshi Asher, Independent Activist

Marko Ulvila, Researcher

Mousami Basu, PUDR

N Bhattacharya, Academic

P Santosh Kumar, Activist


Prashant Paikaray, Activist

Priiti Darooka

Priya Jain, Photojournalist

Rakesh Bhatt, Researcher

Rakesh Raman, Activist

Rakesh Rafiq, Activist

Ravi Hemadri, Activist

S R Hiremath, Activist
Soumitra Ghosh, Activist

S Sarangi, Journalist

Safiara, Activist

Samar Basu Mullick, Activist

Savyasaachi, Academic

Sayantoni Datta, Researcher

Seela M, Researcher

Shah Alam, Activist

Shaweta Anand, Researcher

Shree Prakash, Activist

Shreya, Researcher

Sridevi Panikkar, Advocate

Sourabh, Cultural Activist

Sreedhar, Environmentalist

Sreerekha, Academic

Subrat Kumar Sahu, Filmmaker

Sudeep K S

Sudhir Pattnaik, Journalist

Sumit Chakravorty, Journalist

Surya Shankar Dash, Filmmaker

Udayan Roy, Activist

Usha Ramanathan, Independent Law Researcher

Vijendra Kesari, Student Activist

Vimalbhai, Activist

Vineet Tiwari, Researcher



Written by janjagriti

October 25, 2008 at 7:09 pm

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  1. protest should mountup nation wide, against this brutal acts of orissa police and the state Government.


    November 2, 2008 at 7:14 pm

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