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Narayanpatna: Back on the boil

Posted by Admin on November 21, 2009

CMAS president Wadeka Singhana: One of the two victims.

Express News Service
First Published : 21 Nov 2009 04:03:00 AM IST
Last Updated :

BHUBANESWAR: The brief lull in Koraput’s volatile Narayanpatna block was punctuated by police firing and two deaths on Friday. Two members of Chasi Mulia Adivasi Sangh (CMAS), including its president Wadeka Singana, were killed after a protest by the tribal outfit turned violent.Ban orders were clamped and the administration rushed more forces to Narayanpatna.

The CMAS had waged a struggle against non-tribals in Narayanpatna block by forcibly taking over and cultivating their land earlier this year.DIG of South Western Range Sanjib Panda said a mob of around 300 stormed the Narayanpatna police station and snatched an AK-47 rifle from the sentry. Another sentry, who was posted at the rooftop, opened fire to disperse them.Wadeka and another CMAS member died in the firing while the Narayanpatna IIC Jagabandhu Sahu, who had come out to stop the mob, received bullet injuries.

At least six others were injured in the incident. The agitators fled the scene after the firing.Sources said the villagers and CMAS members gathered in front of the police station to protest `atrocity’ by the security forces during patrolling. “It’s harvest time and the locals were being harassed by security forces combing the area,’’ a tribal leader alleged and added that the CMAS and others were protesting peacefully, but police, in a panic, opened fire.

The agitators first went to the CRPF camp only to be turned away.They then reached the police station to lodge their protest.They are believed to have gate-crashed into the police station which led to the violence.Police said IIC Sahu was also attacked with sharp farm implements by the agitators who had snatched a firearm from a sentry.

Both the bodies were on police station premises, but the identity of the second deceased is yet to be ascertained. Although the tribal agitators fled the scene, tension built up in the nearby areas. In some places, roads were blocked while additional force has been mobilised.Reports said the CMAS members were targeting IIC Sahu since he had assured earlier that patrolling parties would be pressed in villages only after his permission. IE


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