The Chasi Mulia Adivasa Sangha (CMAS), a non-governmental organisation working for tribals in Odisha, has condemned the arrest of two students and a social worker who were engaged in organising a meeting of tribals at Narayanapatna with the objective to save tribal language, culture and their territory. In a press release, the organisation stated that the Berhampur police had arrested two tribal students - Landa Tadingi and Chakra Tadingi - and social worker, Suka Linga, at Berhampur railway station when they were returning to Narayanapatna after meeting some invitees to the proposed meeting and for placing order for printing pamphlets for the meeting.

The police seized a fortnightly newspaper, Janatantra, 2,000 copies of Adivasi Jeevan and three books authored by environmentalist, Prafulla Samatray, and foisted a case under Sections 10, 13, 18, 20, 39 and 40 of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, and Section 124-A of the IPC.