Orissa Diary, 21 Jan 2014, Bolangir: Odisha Police arrested around100 villagers of Lower Suktel area as the Pardhiaapali villagers continue to oppose the construction of the Lower Suktel Irrigation Project.
The land loser villagers of Pardhiapali and Koindapali are demanding payment of compensation to them as per the new Land Acquisition Act, 2013.
The police arrested around100 villagers, including women and children, from the spot of the agitation. The villagers alleged highhandedness by police officials, including the SDPO), and the Sub-Collector and raised slogans against the district administration.
“When we were putting forth our demand of payment of compensation as per the land acquisition law, the police assaulted us, including old men and women and children,” alleged Hemangi Barik, a woman of Pardhiaapali.
Denying the allegation of assault by the police and informing that about 100 people of Pardhiaapali and Koindapali were arrested, Balangir SP Ravi Prakash said, “We have intimated the villagers’ demand of implementation of the new land acquisition law and compensation as per the law to the higher authorities.”