THOUSANDS of people participated in the 10-kilometre human chain along the National Highway-16 from Aganampudi to Akkireddypalem in Visakhapatnam on August 29 to protest Modi government’s move of strategic sale of Visakhapatnam Steel Plant. In response to the call given by the Visakha Ukku Parirakshana Porata Committee, which is spearheading the agitation, hundreds of Steel plant workers, displaced persons and their family members, and the general public joined hands to form the human chain.

The participants held placards and stood on one side of the highway from 8 am to 10 am. They raised slogans of ‘Visakha Ukku, Andhrula Hakku’ (Visakha steel is the right of Andhrites), and ‘Save Vizag Steel’. They said that the time has come again for the people to raise their voice against the BJP government, which is trying to sell PSUs to the corporate groups.