BHUBANESWAR: Shyam Gagarai of Kalinga Nagar in Orissa’s Jajpur district, who was injured in the January 2 police firing, died on Saturday. The toll has gone up to 13.
Spearheading an anti-displacement agitation, the Kalinga Nagar tribals, have been blocking the Daitari-Paradeep highway near Gobarghati village since January 2.
The families of those killed in the firing have refused to accept an ex gratia of Rs. 5 lakh each announced by the State Government.
Twelve persons were killed and several others injured when the police opened fire on the tribals opposing the construction of a boundary wall for a six million-tonne steel plant proposed by Tata Steel.
A policeman was also killed in the clash.
Gagarai, who was admitted to the SCB Medical College and Hospital in Cuttack, was later shifted to the All-India Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi.
He died early on Saturday.
Body flown to Delhi
Earlier Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, who has been in New Delhi since Friday, visited Gagarai.
Later in the day, the body was flown in from New Delhi and taken to Kalinga Nagar. Congress leaders paid homage when the body reached the airport here.
Leaders of the Visthapan Virodhi Janmanch boycotted a recent meeting of the Group of Ministers, working on a comprehensive resettlement and rehabilitation policy for the tribals.
The Opposition also boycotted an all-party meeting convened by the Group of Ministers to discuss the policy.