Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhawanipatna, Nov 30:
The widows of the three tribals, who were killed in police encounter in Karlapat forest in Odisha’s Kalahandi district on November 23, today filed FIRs against the policemen with Sadar police station here.
The widows demanded the erring cops be tried under murder charges for gunning down their men without provocation during a combing operation in the Karlapat forest in the district mistaking them to be Maoists.
It may be recalled that the three villagers, including a ward member, were killed and two minors were seriously injured when police and SOG jawans opened fire on them mistaking them to be Maoists, during joint combing operations in the Karlapat forested area in Kalahandi district.
The deceased were identified as Panchu Majhi, Sukru Majhi and Jay Shankar Naik all natives of Nisanaguda in Panchakula village. Jaya Shankar Naik was a ward member of the village.
The bodies were handed over to the family members of the deceased on Monday. The final rites were performed later in the day.
The critically injured minors Arjun Majhi and Ichhu Majhi were underwent treatment at VIMSAR, Burla.
While Arjun was hit by a bullet on his nose, Ichhu was been hit on his back. All of them had reportedly gone to the forest to graze their goats when security personnel fired at them suspecting them to be Maoists.
Taking cognisance of the incident, acting chairperson of Odisha Human Rights Commission (OHRC), Justice Bira Kishore Mishra had directed the DIG (South Western Range) to enquire into the matter and file a detailed report within four weeks.
Alleging violation of human rights of the innocent tribals by the forces, human rights activist Prabir Kumar Das had sought intervention of the OHRC for ensuring a proper and independent enquiry/investigation by the investigation wing of the Commission for ascertaining facts, fixing responsibility and stern action against the guilty personnel.
Besides, the petitioner has appealed for compensation of Rs 10 lakh to the next to the kin of the deceased and Rs 5 lakh to the injured persons. In addition to this, he also sought the expenditure towards the treatment to be borne by the government.