[Note: Though Abhai Sahoo, the leader of anti-POSCO movement, was released on bail, there are five more activists, including former CPI MLA Narayan Reddy, from the movement is still in jail with fabricated false charges. The police also fabricated cases against Prasanth Paikre, the second most leader of the movement, and he is now in underground. Odisha State Government and police are trying to suppress the movement by fabricating false cases against leaders and activists. Around 800 activists are facing 200 fabricated false cases in the anti-POSCO movement. The movement is struggling hard to mobilize finance and legal help for those who are in jail.]
It comes as a matter of cheer that our leader Abhay Sahoo, against whom false charge of giving protection to an accused in an alleged dowry death in Dhinkia Panchayat was clamped, has been granted bail by the Honourable High Court of Odisha, and has been released from Choudwar jail at 5 pm on 14th March 2012 as per the direction of the lower court. False charges under SC/ST atrocities Act was also clamped against him by the local administration. In both the cases he has been granted bail.
After release, Abhay Sahoo thanked all friends and well wishers who have stood for our cause of fighting against POSCO. It’s a victory of the people in struggle. We expect Judiciary to stand up to the cause and defend fundamental rights of citizen.
With the release of our leader, our resolve to fight against the company and to protect our land and forest is doubled. We will, democratically and peacefully, continue to oppose any usurpation of our land by company goons or by the administration.
POSCO Pratirodha Sangram Samiti (PPSS) expresses hearty thanks to our friends who have stood with us during our hard moments and continued to support our genuine cause.
In the mean time, the matter of illegal and deceiving arrest of our leader Abahy Sahoo was raised recently in the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) official meeting in Geneva recently by some activist friends and it has been recorded in the UNHRC minutes.
We seek all your support and cooperation to continue our peaceful and democratic protest.
Kindly circulate this mail widely.
Spokesperson, POSCO Pratirodh Sangram Samiti