Protest at IMFA is State-sponsored: BJP

Bhubaneswar: With the ongoing agitation in front of Indian Metals & Ferro Alloys Ltd (IMFA) plant at Therubali entering sixth day, the BJP today alleged that the protest has been sponsored by State.

At a press conference, Odisha BJP general secretary, Bhrugu Baxipatra alleged it is still unclear that who is leading the protests.

Hinting at a newly-elected MP of BJD who allegedly instigated the tribal to stage violent protest, Buxipatra said the administration so far has not taken any concrete measures to end the deadlock.

Though similar protests have taken place at three other industrial units in the district, the unrest at IMFA plant is different, the BJP leader said.

“SP and Collector have not visited the spot till now even as the agitation entered sixth day. Even if the agitation is genuine, the way in which such protests are being carried out is not justified. Under such circumstances it appears that such protests are State-sponsored,” said Baxipatra.

The agitators who are the outsiders are impersonating themselves as tribals as they are armed with traditional tribal weapons. Locals as well as others are now in a state of panic, he maintained.

“We urge the Odisha government to take necessary action to resolve the issue before the situation goes beyond control. Otherwise, the industries who are taking interest to invest in Odisha would remain away from the State,” Baxipatra added.

on the other hand , BJD spokesperson Rabi Nanda rubbished the allegation.

“The tribal people are staging demonstration on their issues. BJD has no involvement in such protests. The party is being unnecessarily dragged into the controversy,” said Nanda.

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