Jeypore, Jan 29:
The National Commission for Scheduled Castes (NCSC) has directed the Koraput collector to appear in person in New Delhi and apprise it of the action taken by the district administration so far on the forcible acquisition of land belonging to a dalit family by state School and Mass Education minister Rabi Narayan Nanda.
The directive of the Commission came during the hearing on a petition filed by a dalit family of Patraput village under Jeypore sadar police station limits by the NCSC chairman PL Punia.
In a letter to the Koraput collector, AP Goutam, research officer of the Commission, has asked the latter to appear in person before the Commission in New Delhi on February 10 to have a detailed discussion and submit documents related to the piece of land and detailed record of the deal.
A copy of the letter has been forwarded to the petitioner Hari Pangi.
The petitioner had staged a dharna in front of the office of the sub collector against forcible land acquisition by the family members of the minister.
As the district administration turned a deaf ear to his plea, he later approached the NCSC for redressal of his grievance.