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Orissa: Activists seek protection for CMAS leader Linga

Posted by Admin on December 7, 2009

BHUBANESWAR: With police hot on the trails of Nachika Linga, the Chasi Mulia Adivasi Sangha (CMAS) head, a delegation led by activist Medha Patkar today met Governor Murlidhar Chandrakant Bhandare here to seek protection for the rebel leader besides restoring crop harvesting rights to the tribals.Likening the police action in Narayanpatna to Salwa Judum, the activists in their memorandum submitted to the Governor stated that the tribal outfit only enforced what the administration couldn’t.

The Regulation 2 of 1956 and an amendment made in 2002 called for the rights of tribals over their land. Since the government circulars in this regard failed, the CMAS had to take action on their own by bringing together political force in the area, the memorandum said, adding, the move was not acceptable to land grabbers, liquor vendors and vested interest groups.Drawing the Governor’s attention to recent spate of arrests, Medha and other members said tribals brought under their control 2,500 acres from land-grabbers but with police action, they cannot harvest their crops.

Accusing the police of having a nexus, the activists demanded that harvesting rights must remain with the 30,000 tribals or else they will face starvation and their food right will be in jeopardy.The delegation also questioned the manner in which police had been launching a campaign against Nachika Linga. By circulating posters of the leader as one of the most wanted, police are presenting him as a hardcore criminal.

“We are apprehensive that he may be killed in a fake encounter,’’ they said demanding protection for Linga.The delegation which comprised Prafulla Samantara, Lingaraj, Siva Ram and Bhala Chandra Sarangi also raised the issue of arrest of Tapan Mishra, a former councillor who had been branded as a Left extremist.They demanded that the Tribal Advisory Committee be convened immediately for discussing the issue of tribal rights in the region.Express Buzz

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