Jajpur, Jan 7 (LocalWire): Police thwarted 50 tribal women from committing suicide at the construction site of Sukinda-Angul-Duburi railway line.
‘Around 50 tribal women came to the railway line site today and threatened to commit suicide preventing the construction work on their land at villages Rangahudi, Bagharaisahi and Duburi under Kalinganagar police station in Jajpur district but the alert policemen stopped them,’ Additional Superintendent of Police (ASP) of Kalinganagar, Rajkishor Dora said.
‘The 102-kilometer-long Anugul-Sukinda railway line will connect coal fields in Talcher to Banspani-Sukinda line expediting movement of coal and iron ore. The railway line will be a reliable, economic and faster alternative for passenger transport.
It will serve Angul, Jajpur and Dhenkanal districts. But some villagers with an ulterior motive opposed the project.
The railway authorities acquired both government and private land after paying proper compensation.
The villagers of Duburi, Rangahudi and Bagharasahi have no right, title interest or possession over the land as the railway authorities are building railway line over the government land,’ said Ranjan Kumar Das, the district Collector of Jajpur.
The agitated tribals threatened mass suicide and complained that the authorities started construction of railway line on their land without their consent. They alleged that they have not been properly compensated.
Police have detained eight people on charges for opposing the railway project. Security has been tightened in the areas to prevent any law and order situation.
Five platoons of police have been deployed to check any untoward incident, added the police officer.
‘The ecology of our village will be destroyed if the railway line is constructed as the company has been illegally lifting earth and the villagers are facing problems.
The authorities have no right to acquire our land without paying us proper compensation,’ said Golapa Mohant, a villager of Bagharasahi village.