The State BJD Government in connivance with the BJP Government at Centre have been devising its suppressive strategy to sabotage the increasing people’s democratic struggle against displacement and anti-people development policies of the State through Operation Green Hunt and under the cover of Maoist. To seek promotion and looting public money the government its cannibal officials staged competitive trailer drama and played Holi in the blood of five innocent lives and brutally killed them”, a state level representatives of Joint Fact Finding Team observed. in a press release they said that from Chidambaram to Rajanath and Raman Singh to Navin Patnaik, no one is lagging behind such race. In this race, to appease the industrialists and corporate interests in Kashipur, Kalinganagar, Narayanpatna, Jagatsinghpur (POSCO) and Niyamgiri, the state has been continuously suppressing and killing of those innocent tribals, dalits, and marginalized raising their voice and fight against the state agenda of “destruction in the name of development”. The murder of five innocent lives in Kandhamal has become another testing ground. The fight for justice in the incidents of the fake encounter killing of 5 tribals and dalits in Bhalliaguda forests on 14th November 2012 and killing of a couple in the Hill of Pangalpadar village, Kotagarh during combing operation while they were making phone call to their son last year in July 26, 2015 is ongoing till today, when the heinous and inhuman killing of five adivasis and dalits, especially women and an innocent child has added another shameless and black chapters in the history of present Government. The victims were resident of Gumudumaha village of Parampanga G.P., Balliguda Block, Kandhamal and were working under Mahatama Gandhi National Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGA) as labourer. These men and women were on their way back to home after collecting their wage money from Balliguda Bank. The sudden indiscriminate firing took the life of 2 years old son Gehesh Digal, from the cradle of her mother, along with 50 years Kukal Digal, Timiri Mallick, Bringuli Mallick, and Midiali Mallick (all women between 40 years age) while the father of deceased child Luka Digal and mother Sunita, Banamali Mallick, Tembu Mallick(woman), Gidisi Digal(woman), Sahalu Mallick, Kajanti Mallick(woman) among others have been seriously injured. The explanation given by the Government and Police is that these people were died during exchange of firing between police and Maoists is 100 percent lies and cruel joke, said eyewitness local people which are strongly evident from surrounding spot. Without any reason the inhuman and shameless firing of police, not sending the seriously injured those were fight for life immediately to hospital for treatment, threatening people for looting huge money in the name of Maoist suppression are some of the filthy competition by security forces to get service promotion, the visiting team opined. While in one side the State Government is claiming that Maoist problem have been successfully tackled but on the other side to loot the money of Central Government the State has been terrorizing all the tribal areas in gun point for the so-called development, alleged by the joint fact finding team.
Mr. Narendra Mohanty, State Convener, Campaign Against Fabricated Cases (CAFC) and Indian Social Action Forum(INSAF), State Spokesperson of CPI (ML)- New Democracy-Bhalachandra Sarangi, Member of All India Peoples Forum (AIPF) -Mahendra Parida and Tapan Mishra, Former President of Ravenshaw College were part of this Joint Fact-Find and Representatives Team. The team has severely condemn such criminal acts of State Government and Kandhamal Police and demanded
(1.)To constitute a Special Investigation Team and conduct judicial enquiry to the incidents under the supervision of Supreme Court,
(2.) Immediate suspension of Superintendent of Police, Kandhamal and all police officials involved in fake encounter cases and file cases against them for murder in section 302,
(3.) Provide 50 lakh rupees compensation to each deceased family and
(4) Withdrawal of all paramilitary and security forces who are terrorizing and doing repression of common people in the name of Maoist.
Nerendra Mohanty, Bhalachandra Sarangi,
Mahendra Parida, Tapan Mishra