Mumbai/New Delhi: A women’s group in Orissa said they could stage nude protests against land acquisition for Posco’s proposed steel plant, which, after a semi-nude protest and fatal explosions earlier this month, promises to change the tenor of the confrontation that has delayed the South Korean steel firm’s project for over six years.

“If the police engages in physically torturing our supporters, we will not hesitate in opting for nude protests," said Manorama Khatua, convenor of Durgabai Wing of Posco Pratirodh Sangram Samiti. She was speaking in Oriya from Dinkia village that falls in the land earmarked for Posco’s planned 12-million tonne steel plant.

There are chances the land acquisition by the state government will resume after the assembly session ends on 6 April, Prashant Paikray, spokesman for Posco Pratirodh Sangram Samiti, said from Bhubaneswar.

On 2 March, three people against Posco died when crude bombs exploded, allegedly while they were being made, though Paikray denies it, a Reuters report said. On 7 March, a few women staged a semi-nude protest and were arrested, after which the land acquisition was halted, Paikray said.

In 2011, protesters used children to halt land acquisition invoking criticism from child-rights groups.

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