Civilian deaths: Odisha rights body seeks report from DIG

Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Nov 16:

A day after three civilians were killed during a joint combing operation in Karlapat forest in Kalahandi district, the Odisha Human Rights Commission (OHRC) today sought a report from from DIG (South Western Range) and asked the latter to submit it within four weeks.

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Acting on a petition filed by Prabir Kumar Das, lawyer and Human Rights Activist, the acting chairperson of OHRC, Justice Bira Kishore Mishra 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, Prabir Kumar Das sought intervention of the Commission 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 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.

Notably, three villagers, including a ward member, were killed and two minors were seriously injured when police and SOG jawans opened fire on them yesterday mistaking them to be Maoists, during joint combing operations in the Karlapat forested area in Kalahandi district.

The deceased identified as Panchu Majhi, Sukru Majhi and Jay Shankar Naik are natives of Nisanaguda in Panchakula village. Jaya Shankar Naik is a ward member of the village.

The bodies were today handed over the family members of the deceased. The final rites were performed later in the day.

Bhawanipatna Sadar BDO visited the Panchakula village and handed over Rs 15, 000 to the members of the deceased family.

“I had visited the Panchakula village and met the family members of the decease. We would try our best to include them under social welfare schemes,” said Gyanaranjan Bhanja, BDO, Bhawanipatna.

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