On 3 February 2013 Mr Debendra Swain, a human rights defender and a leader of Posco Pratirodh Sangram Samiti (anti-POSCO People's Movement PPSS), was arrested by police officials.
Mr Abhaya Sahoo,the leader of anti-POSCO People's Movement (PPSS)for land rights and the right to livelihood, was released on bail on 14 March 2012.
On 25 November 2011, human rights defender Mr Abhaya Sahoo was arrested in Nua Pokhari in the Jagatsinghpur District while returning to Paradip. His application for bail was rejected and he is currently being detained in Choudwar Prison.
by Mary Lawlor
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