Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Puri/Brahmagiri, Jun 23:
An ostracised family from Srikat Nuapada village under Brahmagiri police station limits in Odisha’s Puri district has sought district administration’s intervention to help resolve the village dispute preventing the cremation of an elderly woman, which has been delayed for over two days.
The over a decade-old dispute has prevented the family members from going ahead with the funeral and the body is lying in the village since Sunday.
Kaliash Mohapatra and his family have been ostracised from the village over a land dispute since 2004. The dispute then reached the police station where 120 families had filed case against the Mohapatras. The latter too filed a counter case against them. Since then, Kaliash and his family were denied entry to the village.
On Sunday, Kaliash came to know about the death of his mother-in-law, who passed away after a prolonged illness. The infirm elderly woman was living alone in the village for over a decade. However, they could not go to the village fearing a backlash and sought the help of the Brahmagiri police, but in vain.
After getting no help from the local police, they petitioned Puri District Collector and Superintendent of Police seeking their intervention, the following day on Monday. The Additional District Magistrate (ADM) and the Additional Superintendent of Police (ASP) met the family members of Kailash. The ASP told them that a team of Brahmagiri police had been asked to go to the village and resolve the issue. Thereafter, they were told to go to their village with an assurance that the matter would be sorted out.
A village meeting was held on Monday evening with the mediation of local police between the villagers and the Mohapatra family. However, the issue remained unresolved till late in the night on Monday.
“We have not prevented Kailash from performing the funeral rites of his mother-in-law. He can perform the last rites with the help of his relatives,” a villager claimed.
The villagers have set a condition the Mohapatras would have to inform the villagers and resolve the issue first before involving any villager in the funeral activities, police said.