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4 POSCO employees held hostage, freed

Special Correspondent

BHUBANESWAR: Four employees of POSCO-India were taken hostage by villagers opposing the company’s 12 million-tonne capacity steel plant project in Jagatsinghpur district of Orissa on Saturday morning.

They were, however, released following police intervention.

The four executives of POSCO-India, including three Korean nationals, were taken hostage along with their car and its driver around 10.30 a.m.

Their detention at Dhinkia village ended at 4.30 p.m. after the officer in-charge of the Kujang police station, Amarendra Panda, reached the spot and discussed the issue with leaders of the POSCO Pratirodh Sangram Samiti.

The organisation has been spearheading an agitation against the project on the ground that it would displace hundreds of families and affect their livelihood sources.

“We condemn the incident...This sort of activity will demotivate the investors and have an adverse impact on foreign investments, which will not be in the larger interest of the people and the State,” the company said in a statement here.

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