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25 Apr 2016

India: NGO alleges human rights defender who opposed Vedanta mine was attacked by persons hired by the company; company says claims are "baseless"

Campaign for Survival and Dignity(CSD) Odisha which struggled for the enactment of Forest Rights Act 2006 and is presently campaigning for the establishment of Gram SabhaSarkar in the line of FRA Gram Sabhain in all villages of the State condemned the attack on Activist Prafulla Samantara, President, Lok Shakti Abhiyan by goons reportedly associated with Vedanta. Prafulla Samantra, the human rights defender, alleged that the hired goons of Vedanta companyalso tried to kidnap him forcefully but failed as the villagers rushed to the spot after getting information. Business & Human Rights Resource Centre invited Vedanta Resources to respond to the concerns raised. In response, Vedanta rejected the allegations.