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Armed tribals awaiting post mortem of their associates killed by police firing at Kalinga Nagar in Orissa, on Tuesday. Photo: Ashoke Chakrabarty
Armed tribals awaiting post mortem of their associates killed by police firing at Kalinga Nagar in Orissa, on Tuesday. Photo: Ashoke Chakrabarty

Prafulla Das

Tribals block Daitari-Paradip Highway

Night-long curfew lifted State Government announces probe

KALINGA NAGAR (ORISSA): The situation remained tense in Kalinga Nagar industrial complex in Jajpur district on Tuesday following the clash between the tribal people and police in which 12 tribals and one policeman were killed on Monday.

As the night-long curfew was lifted in the morning, thousands of angry tribals blocked the Daitari-Paradip Express Highway near Gobarghati with four bodies, demanding action against the District Collector and Superintendent of Police.

The agitated tribals blocked entry into the area from all sides as the District Collector, Saswat Mishra, and Superintendent of Police, Vinaytosh Mishra, and a posse of policemen spent most parts of the day at the local police station. However, those from the media and leaders of various political parties, barring the ruling Biju Janata Dal, were allowed.

Even as the tribals handed over the bodies to the police later in the day, they continued to block the highway.

"We will continue the blockade till action is taken against the erring administration and police officials," said Rajendra Kalundia of the Bisthapan Virodhi Manch, an organisation of the tribals opposing displacement in the area.

The State Government announced that a sitting Judge of the High Court would probe the incident.

Leaders of several Opposition parties, including the Orissa Gana Parishad, Communist Party of India (Marxist), Communist Party of India, Jharkhand Mukti Morcha, Samajwadi Party and Janata Dal (S), announced that they would support the Protest Day agitation called by the Kalinga Nagar Suraksha Samiti on January 7.

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