Reported by Santosh Jagdev
Bhubaneswar, Dec 25:
Members of National Confederation of Dalit Organisations (NACDOR), a body fighting for dalit rights, on Wednesdaysought Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik’s intervention demanding the immediate resignation and arrest of School and Mass Education Minister Rabi Narayan Nanda for illegally grabbing agricultural land belonging to a Dalit family at Patraput village in Koraput district.
The members of NACDOR today submitted a memorandum to the chief minister.
The members urged the Chief Minister to consider sacking the Education minister or ask him to resign immediately . He should be arrested within 7 days for illegally grabbing land of dalit family,” said NACDOR State President Ashok Mallick in a press meet here today.
NACDOR claimed it has found Nanda guilty of grabbing 12 acres of agricultural land registered in the name of a dalit family in Koraput district.
“Earlier in the month, members of the dalit family Hari Pangi, Lali Pangi, Daimati Pangi and Krushna Pangi had sat on a dharna in front of the Jeypore sub-collector’s office and later submitted a memorandum to the State’s Governor demanding action against Nanda, but all in vain. So today we have submitted a memorandum to the Chief Minister for a thorough investigation into the matter,” Mallick said.
“In our state, the atrocities on dalits are increasing day by day. Starting from Bebina Behera to Infosys Regional Managar misbehaving with dalits to the recent land grab case, the dalits were falling prey to discriminatory practices. The state government which is keeping silent over these sensitive issues, has failed to provide justice to dalits.”
Besides, the NACDOR members also demanded the ‘grabbed’ land should be returned to the dalit family and strong action taken against the errant officials involved in the matter.
“If our demands are not fulfilled, we will take the issue to the street and the government will be responsible for the consequences,” Mallick warned.