Reported by Chinmaya Dehury
Bhubaneswar, July 25:
The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has rapped the administration in Malkangiri district of Odisha for not providing security and compensation to the family members of two persons killed by Maoists in December last year.
The commission has asked the district administration to submit a report in this regard within four weeks.
“District magistrate and SP, Malkagiri are directed to submit current status report of the criminal case registered and pending investigation. DM, Malkagiri is directed to submit status of compensation/relief provided to the next of the kin (NoK) of the deceased or victims. DM shall also explain steps taken to secure the lives of villagers. Further, DM is to explain delay in the process for providing relief to the NoK and victims as more than five months have passed from the date of incident and no rehabilitation/compensation has been provided to the victims,”said the commission in its order.
According to the complaint filed by Subash Mohapatra from Global Human Rights Communications, some Maoist took away seven villagers from their villages on 12 December night last year and later killed three of them.
It is further alleged that family members of the abducted villagers have not been provided security and there is also discrimination on the part of the state government in release of compensation.
The commission took cognizance of the complaint and called for a report from the concerned authority. In response, the district administration revealed that armed Maoists, along with 70/80 millitias, have made an entry into village Chintalwada and captured one Tulsi Behera. Then they left towards village Ramagunda and kidnapped Rama Behera, Deba Padiami, Budra Sodi, Suiba Khara and Jaga Madkami.
On 13 December night, the Maoists killed Jaga Madkami of Ramaguda and Tulsi Behera of Chintalwada while setting the others free.