Mumbai | January 30, 2006 9:41:04 PM IST
Around 600 activists of Trade Unions Joint Action Committee (TUJAC), comprising 33 major trade unions here, held demonstrations at Churchgate to protest the brutal killing of twelve tribals in police firing on January 2 in Kalinganagar district of Orissa.
Action committee joint convenor A D Golandaz told UNI that the activists were not allowed to lodge their protest before the TATA Company’s head office at Bombay House and, therefore, held a symbolic protest at Churchgate.
The TUJAC has demanded a compensation of Rs 20 lakh to the next of kin and employment to their dependents. Mr Golandaz alleged that the vicitims were trying to protect their lands from being taken over by force by TATA for their proposed steel plant when the incident occurred.
Mr Golandaz said the BJP-BJD government in Orissa has signed 58 memoranda of settlement with foreign and domestic companies for processing minerals in that State. The government is trying to evict tribals from their land to facilitate the setting up of mineral processing units by these companies, he alleged.
He said on January 2, police opened fire indiscriminately on tribals killing twelve of them in an attempt to evict them from their ancestral lands in Kalinganagar to free the land for setting up a steel plant.