High Court has Directed the Five Member Committee To Conduct Public Hearing In Dhinkia On March 5

Bhubaneswar: The Odisha High Court has proposed the five-member committee appointed by the Court to conduct public hearing with regard to the matter of police manhandling the villagers during a protest in Jagatsighpur, Dhinkia village.

The team had visited conflict-hit Dhinkia village in Jagatsinghpur district before also to investigate on the alleged atrocious behavior of the police towards the natives who were on a protest. The High Court has instructed the committee to execute a public hearing in the village by visiting there on 5 March.

The High Court has also notified all the government officials such as the district Collector, SP to organize the essential arrangements to carry out public hearing. It has also been instructed to ensure that both the supporting and opposing sides of the proposed JSW project should take part in this public hearing and put forth their perspectives without any apprehension.

The Committee is asked by the High Court to submit the report within three days time. The date for the next hearing on the petition has been fixed on March 11.

Last Saturday, during the visit of the committee to Dhinkia village the supporters and protesters of the proposed steel plant were on a conflict. In this face off a total number of five people were injured, among them were the priest of Phulakhai temple, two women and a child.

To mention it here, more than a hundred villagers comprising of women were injured in Kathie charge by the police during the protest against the proposed JSW project at Dhinkia village on January 14 last in police. The clash between the villagers and the police was started when the latter began to resist the protesters to take out a demonstration against the JSW project.