The demand for immediate release of Abhay Sahu, leader of the Posco Pratirodh Sangram Samiti, gained momentum with senior leaders of the Communist Party of India addressing a public meeting in the Dhinkia area of Jagatsinghpur district on Monday.

The leaders, including party's national general secretary A.B. Bardhan, Central Committee Member D. Raja and senior leader Narayan Reddy, addressed the gathering at Patana Haat in Dhinkia gram panchayat demanding that Mr. Sahu be released without delay. They alleged that the arrest was an attempt on the part of the Naveen Patnaik weaken “ democratic movement” by villagers of three gram panchayats of Dhinkia, Nuagaon and Gadakujang to save their land.