As per report, 17 others were arrested for opposing the land acquisition process.
Mr Basudev Behera in the Noliasahi area, a prominent leader of the POSCO Pratirodh Sangram Samiti protested the district administration's move to demolish his betel vine was arrested and taken to Kujang police station as he refused to accept a cheque for INR 299,000 for his betel vine.
Police also arrested 17 others, 10 of them from Mr Behera's family, for opposing land acquisition for the steel plant.
The administration was carrying out its land acquisition work after Mr Behera and others were shifted to the police station.
Meanwhile, the communist Party of India general secretary Mr AB Bardhan on Friday asked the Mr Naveen Patnaik government to refrain from forcible eviction of local people from their ancestral lands in the proposed POSCO steel plant site and threatened mass agitation if the latter did not stop the ongoing land acquisition.
The Friday's incident has once against cast a shadow on the fate of the project that is almost in a limbo since 2005. The company had signed MoU with the state government on June 22, 2005 to set up a mega steel project with an investment of INR 52,000 crore. However, the company could make any headway because of protect by the local people. (sourced from PTI & BL)