Protesting villagers of Tilia torched the vehical carrying the pollution control board’s officials for having inspection of proposed Ash Pond .

NFTV :Odisha: Jharsuguda: Sajjad Badshah :Protesting villagers of Tilia under Banaharpali PS torched the vehicle of OPGC which carried pollution control board’s two officials. The incidence occured at about 2:30pm when MoEF Ministry’s Director V.P.Upadhyay from Delhi along with two state pollution control board officials had visited the proposed site for the ash pond of 3rd and 4th units of OPGC. Total four number of vehicles had been to Tilia village and state pollution control board’s officials had went to the same village for visit of the site of proposed ash pond for 3rd & 4th unit of OPGC. The police rescued the two officials of state pollution control board who were detained while their mobiles were snatched putting the Bolero vehicle ablazed. The eye witness of the incidence, the driver of the ill fated vehicle which was torched, Surya Kanta Nikhandia said that the angriest villagers of 25 in number gheraoed the vehicle and set it ablazed. On the time of incidence, Director of Ministry of Environment and Forest and Climate Change V.P.Upadhyay had already left the spot and two officers who accompanied him were derained and meanwhile the incidence happened. In this connection, PK Patra, Chief HR & Admin said that OPGC is preparing to lodge an FIR on this torching of the vehicle by agitating villagers. Meanwhile, IIC of Banaharpali PS Anand Guru said that after receiving of FIR, the culprits will be brought book. Here it is noteworthy that for the expansion of 3rd and 4th units of OPGC, the proposed ash pond is to be made here in Tilia village under Banaharpali PS. But the villagers are protesting the ash pond to be made as they claimed that they had already been displaced earlier by Hirakud Dam Project and they don’t want to be displaced again.

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