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Abhaya Sahoo gets bail

Express News Service
First Published : 21 Aug 2009 02:35:00 AM IST
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PARADIP: Anti-land acquisition leader and president of Posco Pratirodha Sangram Samiti (PPSS) Abhaya Sahoo, who has been languishing in jail for more than 10 months, was granted conditional bail in one case by the High Court today paving way for his release.

Police had filed 36 cases against Sahoo on the charges of murder, kidnapping , assault and preventing government officials from entering villages. Earlier, the High Court granted him bail in 10 cases and Judicial Magistrate First Class (JMFC) of Kujang granted him bail in 25 cases. Sahoo will be released from the Choudwar jail tomorrow as he has been granted bail in all the 36 cases, said Sishir Mohapatra, general secretary of PPSS. A Division Bench of High Court comprising Justice Raghunath Biswal in his order granted bail to Sahoo. However, the court has barred Sahoo from entering Dhinkia village. His counsels Jagannath Patnaik and Gatikrushna Satapathy argued in the court that the police have lodged many false cases against Sahoo.

Police had arrested Sahoo on October 12 last year at Bhutmundei under Kujang block in Jagatsinghpur district while he was returning to Dhinkia, the bastion of anti-Posco movement, from Bhubaneswar in a car. After Sahoo’s arrest, Kujang police arrested anti-Posco leader Prakash Jena and five other anti-Posco activists.

The bail to Sahoo has brought joy among the anti-Posco activists in Dhinkia and Gobindpur villages. PPSS is opposing land acquisition in three gram panchayats – Gadakujang, Dhinkia and Nuagaon – for establishment of mega Posco steel project.

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Written by janjagriti

August 26, 2009 at 2:49 pm

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