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India: Overview of recent allegations against Tata Steel, concerning displacement, collusion with police violence, environmental damage

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26 May 2006

Stolen for Steel: Tata Takes Tribal Lands in India

Author: Nityanand Jayaraman, CorpWatch

[In January 2006]...an agitated band of tribal villagers...arrived at the site of Tata Steel’s proposed...steel plant. They demanded that work stop until those already evicted by this and other projects in the area were adequately rehabilitated. Police retribution was swift and bloody: 37 injured and 13 dead...– all tribal – and one policeman...“Tatas are responsible for the slaughter of the Adivasis [indigenous people] in Kalinganagar. They knew the situation was tense and still insisted on going ahead with the construction using police force,” says...Sarangi, an activist with the indigenous people’s movement for land-rights...Stone quarries have eaten into hillocks, replaced forests, and devastated what little agriculture there was...Though tribal people comprise only 8 percent of the population, they constitute at least 40 percent of those ousted from their homes to make way for industries, mines, and dams...Samantara puts the number of people evicted and rehabilitated at around 5000. [also refers to Maharashtra Seamless, Norsk Hydro, Alcoa]

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11 January 2006

[Tata comments about Kalinga Nagar incident: company says no officer of Tata Steel was present, nor was there any other involvement from the company]

Author: Jamshed J Irani, Director, Tata Sons

Kalinga Nagar project: Land offered to Tata Steel by the state had been acquired by the latter some 10 years ago, but the 750-odd villagers had not been rehabilitated or removed. Upon finalisation of the MoU between Tata Steel and the state , the latter began negotiations/operations with the inhabitants. Last week’s unfortunate event was a consequence of the government’s actions in trying to get the land vacated. No officer of Tata Steel was present, nor was there any other involvement from the company, which resulted in police firing, etc.

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