Orissa: 9 weeks after, 30 tribals chargesheeted
Posted by Admin on November 20, 2009
ROURKELA: As many as 30 tribals who were arrested about nine weeks back, were today charge-sheeted and produced in a court in Bonai sub-division.Based on the charge-sheet, the court would either allow or reject their release petitions in the next production.
They have been languishing in jail since August 29 for alleged Maoist links.
Bonai SDPO Sudarshan Sethi confirmed filing the charge-sheet and said they were sent back to the Bonai sub-jail. Charges of riot, murder, kidnap and use of deadly firearms were slapped on them and were framed in the kidnapping and killing incident of Sub-Inspector Ajit Bardhan.
Earlier, the en masse arrest of the tribals from Silpunji, Champajharan and Chandiposh areas under Banki police limits of the sub-division evoked strong reaction from human rights groups and Maoists as well. In a knee-jerk reaction, the Maoists carried out a series of explosions in the sub-division in September.
Separately, hundreds of tribals twice paralysed the NH-23 and the Rourkela-Bimlagarh rail route seeking justice to the tribals.