Reported by Ranjan Rath
Rayagada, Nov 29:
Post mortem of the six labourers who were killed in a tragic road accident at Mundaghati under Tikiri police station limits in Odisha’s Rayagada district this morning was yet to be conducted till late this evening because of protest by the tribals.
After coming to know that the ill-fated labourers were being taken by Srikrishna Constructions Ltd, owned by sitting Congress MLA of Koraput Krushna Sagaria, the tribals rushed to the accident site and did not allow the police to take the four bodies lying there to the hospital for post mortem. They demanded a compensation of Rs 10 lakh each to the family of the deceased.
Following information, one platoon of armed police force, led by the IICs of Tikiri and Kashipur police stations, the local tehsildar and the ABDO rushed to the spot and pacified the villagers.
Though the district administration, officials of the Utkal Alumina and Srikrishna Constructions Ltd agreed to release compensation of Rs 5000, Rs 15,000 and Rs 50,000 respectively each to the kin of the deceased, the post mortem of the bodies was yet to be taken up as the situation continued to remain tense in the area, the report said.
Talking to OST, Kashipur IIC Nirmal Chandra Panigrahi said the police have sought permission from the district collector to conduct post mortem at the accident site.
On the other hand, Kashipur BDO Alok Pradhan informed that the district administration would bear all expenses towards the treatment of the injured labourers.