Rayagada: Irate tribals of Seriguma village under Kalyansinghpur block in Orissa’s Rayagada district on Thursday pulled down a public hearing platform erected by the administration, protesting land acquisition of an alumina refinery project by the RSB Metaltech, a leading metal producer of the country.
“Our forefathers lived here. We have been tilling this land since long and feeding our children. Once these lands are acquired by the company, we will be at nowhere,” the tribals said with anger clearly reflecting in their eyes.
Rayagada is one of the worst-Naxal hit districts in Orissa. The villagers said that they would not part with their ancestral lands at any cost. Although police personnel were present at the public hearing camp, they could not prevent the tribals from indulging in rampaging.
District Collector Nitin Bhanudas Jawale said, he would review the situation and take appropriate steps to win the confidence of the local people.