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Judicial probe demanded into Narayanpatna firing

Posted by Admin on November 28, 2009

narayanpatna_rai_roko.jpgKalingaTimes Correspondent

Bhubaneswar/Koraput, Nov. 28: The activists of Chasi Mulia Adivasi Sangha and several other organisations observed a bandh in the southern Odisha district on Saturday in protest against the recent police firing at Narayanpatna police station where two CMAS activists were killed.

The supporters of the bandh also demanded a judicial probe into the police firing.

The bandh, however, received partial response from the people in the districts of Koraput, Rayagada, Malkangiri and Gajapati districts. The passed off peacefully with no incidents of violence reported during the day.

In Berhampur town several mass organisations and political parties such as CPI(M-L) Liberation and CPI(M-L) New Democracy took out a rally demanding a judicial probe into the police firing that took place on November 20.

A large number of people who participated in the rally also burnt the effigy of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik condemning the police action against the CMAS activists who were agitating for securing land rights for the tribals in Narayanpatna and Bandhugaon Blocks of Koraput.

Activists of CPI(ML) Liberation and other organisations in the Capital city of Bhubaneswar also took out a rally in protests against the police firing at Narayanpatna. They also by squatted on the railway track at Bhubaneswar station to express their anger against the alleged police excesses in Narayanpatna.

Meanwhile, the administration intensified its anti-Maoist operations in Bandhugaon and Narayanpatna areas with the deployment of personnel of CoBRA battalion and Special Operation Group of the state police.

Police sources said that a large cache of arms and ammunitions and Maoist uniforms were seized during combing operations during a joint raid by SOG and Greyhound jawans in a village under Bandhugaon Block. A few suspected Maoists were also arrested from the spot.

In another development, a large number of local tribal people who earlier supported the CMAS agitation reached the Narayanpatna police station and announced that they would no longer remain the supports of CMAS.

While the police and administration were of the view that CMAS was a pro-Maoist outfit, the organisations and parties supporting the tribal organisation have been insisting that it had no links with the Maoists and was only leading an agitation to secure restoration of tribal land that was occupied by non-tribal to the original owners.

The presence of the Maoists in the region had affected the CMAS movement for land rights, the supporters of the organisation say. Kalinga Times

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