Bhubaneswar, May 15: Following the arrest of CPI MP Bibhu Prasad, the anti-Posco protests in the state took a violent turn as the agitators clashed with the police on Saturday, May 15.
At least 15 protesters were wounded in the violence as police was forced to use gas shells and rubber bullets after the protesters started pelting stones and threw crude bombs at the security personnel.
The protesters had already defied the prohibitory orders imposed in the area by coming out to hold demonstrations.
The CPI (Maoists) called for a dharna to protest against government's move to hand over 15,000 acre land to steel maker Posco in Orissa.
The Maoist leader, Kishenji has also called for a 48-hour long bandh across five states including Bihar, West Bengal, Jharkhand, Orissa and Chhattisgarh to protest against the handing over of land to Posco, Centre's decision to sell ten per cent government's stake in 10 profit-making Public Sector Undertakings and to demand the scrapping of scandal-hit Indian Premier League (IPL).