Kalinga Nagar: Police arrest 2 of anti-industry brigad
Posted by Admin on January 3, 2010
Express News Service
JAJPUR: The Kalinga Nagar police yesterday arrested two core committee members of Vistapan Virodhi Jan Manch (VVJM) ahead of fourth anniversary of Kalinga Nagar police firing on Saturday. They were forwarded to court of JMFC at Jajpur Road and later remanded in judicial custody after their bail pleas were rejected, officials said.The arrested _ Kunja Gagarai and Budansingh Jamuda of Gadhapur _ were allegedly wanted by police for the last couple of years.Reports said apprehending a huge gathering of tribals on the fourth anniversary of police firing, the district police conducted a massive raid at Gadhapur village and arrested the duo last night.
The anniversary function is being organised by VVJM which has been spearheading the tribal agitation in the area since police firing on January 2, 2006, in which 14 tribals died while protesting land acquisition by the Tatas.As many as four platoons of armed police force led by DSP Bipin Behari Mallick conducted the raid.“About 200 armed police led by a DSP picked up eight persons, including six children, from the village at gunpoint.
The arrests were made while all were deep asleep,” said VVJM secretary Rabindra Jarika.The arrests were in violation of human rights, he said.District authorities are planning to break the unity of the tribals ahead of the anniversary celebration, he added. Police will have to pay a heavy price if they proceed further, Jarika threatened.Contacted, Jajpur SP D.S.Kuttey said, “Both Gagarai and Jamuda were wanted by police for the last two years. While seven cases and two NBWs are pending against Gagarai, two NBWs are pending against Jamuda. Though we arrested eight persons, including some minors, only two of them have been forwarded to court. We are verifying the antecedents of others.” Ebuzz