: President of Posco Pratirodh Sangram Samiti Abhaya Sahoo was reportedly taken into custody by the police near the port town of Paradip on Friday evening.

“The younger son of Mr. Sahoo informed us that his father was taken into custody by a posse of police personnel. Father and son were on their way to their house at Ersama,” said Ramakrushna Panda, a CPI leader, here.

PPSS spokesperson Prashant Paikray confirmed that Mr. Sahoo was arrested at Golapokhari between Manijanga and Ersama. “We are trying to locate the police station where he has been detained. We condemn police action as it is an attempt to crush the anti-land acquisition movement against proposed steel project by Posco,” Mr. Paikray said. When contacted, Jagatsinghpur Superintendent of Police S. Debidatta Singh said he had no information about arrest of Mr. Sahoo. The Paradip police, too, declined comment.