Protest against ‘encounter' killings

Gandhamardan Surakashya Yuva Parishad (GSYP) here on Thursday announced to take out ‘sahid yatra' and organise demonstrations protesting against the ‘killing' of two activists in police encounter in Bargarh district.

Addressing a press conference, Pradip Purohit of GSYP demanded that the police officials responsible for killing of Madhab Singh Thakur and Ramesh Sahu, members of public movement against bauxite mining, should be arrested.

The GSYP said police first killed the two persons and later tried to associate them with left wing extremists.

Mr. Purohit said a number of people, who interacted with the two victims on December 27, confirmed that the two could not trek 15 km in hilly terrain to reach Jalamahadev, the place of encounter.

‘Contradictory'

“There had been inconsistencies in police version. Initially police claimed that the two victims were from Chhattisgarh and when villagers identified the victims to be Madhab and Ramesh, police changed its version,” Mr. Purohit charged.

The GSYP activists said that one could not understand the wisdom of police for not conducting post-mortem examination at Padmapur which was nearer to place of encounter and took the bodies all the way to Bargarh. “Had the post-mortem been supervised by ballistic expert, the truth would have come to the fore,” he said.

“We believe that the two were killed by the police as they were opposed to bauxite mining on Gandhamardan hill range. Though earlier Madhab Singh Thakur took part in a police raid, police never suspected his credential. How come he suddenly became a Maoist on December 27,” questioned Mr. Purohit.

One month

He said on January 27, completion of one month of the killing, GSYP decided to expose police administration in the public by taking out ‘sahid yatra'.