Bhubaneswar: In a group clash between the pro-Posco and the anti-Posco activists on Wednesday at Bose Callis point on the issue of construction of coastal road project for the mega steel plant proposed by the South Korea steel major Posco, one Pro-Posco activist died and more than 15 villagers from both the groups were injured.

Both the groups were seen engaged in a violent clash throwing bombs and stones at each other.

It is noteworthy to mention that the trouble started when hundreds of anti-Posco agitators, under the banner of Posco Pratirodh Sangram Sammittee (PPSS), opposed the construction of the coastal road aimed at linking the proposed Posco project site to Mahal near IOCL refinery, which resumed on Tuesday, with the cooperation of locals sans police and district officials, after remaining suspended for over 90 days due to protest by the people.

Further information about the incident is awaited.

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In the clash, the Pro-Posco activist died was identified as Duryodhan Swain, a resident of Samagola under Kujanga police limits, said Kujang Inspector-In Charge Guptesh Bhoi.

Sources said, during the clash neither police nor the officials of district administration were present. Two pro-Posco supporters were held hostage by the anti-Posco at Dhinkia village and later released. Later, the construction work came to a standstill following the incident.

“Six platoons of police force have been deployed in the area”, said SP S Devadatta Singh.