National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has asked for reports regarding encounter between security forces and Maoists on November 14 in Bhaliaguda Ganjam-Gajapati district border of Odisha.

Five killed

Five persons had were killed in the encounter. Manoj Jena, chairperson of an NGO named Human Rights Front (HRF) of Bhubaneswar had lodged a complaint regarding the encounter before the NHRC on November 15.

Mr Jena had also forwarded a copy of fact finding report by members of Odisha Sarvodaya Samaj (OSS) regarding the encounter. The OSS fact finding team had requested investigation of the matter by either the judiciary or the NHRC.

The NHRC has sent copies of the compliant from HRF along with the enclosures to the to the Director General of Police (DGP),

Inquiry

The NHRC has directed that the magisterial inquiry report, post-mortem report along with report of independent investigation had to be submitted to the Commission within eight weeks.

A copy of the complaint along with its enclosures was also sent to the Chief Secretary of Odisha government for taking appropriate action in reference to the grievances of the villagers raised in the fact finding report of the OSS.

Speaking to The Hindu, Mr Jena said he hoped intervention of the NHRC would reveal the truth behind the encounter in Bhaliaguda jungle.

Demonstration

Meanwhile social and human rights activists were planning for a demonstration before Raj Bhavan in Bhubaneswar on Nov 30 to press upon for a proper independent enquiry into the Bhaliaguda encounter.

The NHRC has sent copies of the compliant from HRF along with the enclosures to the to the Director General of Police