Two die in clashes outside Vedanta’s alumina refinery in Odisha

Vastavam Web: A protester and a policeman died in clashes outside Vedanta Ltd’s alumina refinery in Odisha, a police official said on Monday, less than a year after police killed 13 anti-Vedanta protesters in Tamil Nadu. The incident in Odisha happened 10 months after police opened fire on demonstrators protesting against Vedanta’s copper smelter in Tamil Nadu, killing 13 people. “Two people have died – one of our Odisha industrial security force personnel and another one from the public,” Gupteswar Bhoi, a senior police officer, told Reuters.

Maheswar Pati, a protester, told Reuters the state’s industrial security force personnel attacked the people without provocation. “They physically assaulted us with sticks,” Pati said. The state police-controlled Odisha Industrial Security Force said its staff were attacked by stone-throwing protesters. Pati said the demonstrators included people from three neighbouring villages who had surrendered land to Vedanta and hoped to secure jobs for locals in the company. Vedanta says 85 percent of the 3,000 employees at its Lanjigarh plant were from the state of Odisha.