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[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, Published on: 11 January 2006
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.