Staff Reporter

Sequel to talks between Kui Samaj leader and officials

BERHAMPUR: The tribal organisation, Kui Samaj, has deferred its proposed indefinite road blockade at Kurtamgad in Kandhamal district of Orissa which was to start on Saturday.

The tribal organisation gave the call for road blockade demanding removal of the sarpanch of Kurtamgad panchayat of Tumudibandh block, Siris Mallik, from his post as, according to them, he had used false tribal certificate to get elected in the last panchayat election. But immediate intervention of the Revenue Divisional Commissioner (RDC), southern division, Satyabrata Sahu, and the Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of Police, R.P. Koche, pacified the tribals to some extent.

The officials reached Kandhamal and held discussions with convener of the Kui Samaj, Lambodar Kanhar, and senior Kui leader, Arta Kanhar, on Friday evening at Phulbani.

After holding discussions with the top police and administrative officials, Kui leaders agreed to defer their road blockade. But speaking to The Hindu, Mr. Kanhar said the organisation deferred their road blockade plan by only a week as it got assurance that by the time action would be initiated against the non-tribal who had used false caste certificate to become a sarpanch. He further said that the organisation had plans to have similar agitation against other political leaders who have used false tribal certificates to get elected from segments reserved for tribals.

“We want to bring in fear in the minds of these forgers so that no politician would dare to use false tribal caste certificate to fight coming elections of any level,” Mr. Kanhar said.

Officials in a fix

The administration is in a fix in relation to the case of the sarpanch of Kurtamgad as a case related to this allegation is pending in the Orissa High Court.

But it is being taken up seriously by the police and the administration as the matter is quite volatile.

It may be noted that the Kui Samaj continues to allege that non-tribals of the district were using dubious means to get tribal certificates to get facilities meant for scheduled tribes. It was also a major reason behind communal tension in the district in December last.

The RDC also convened a high-level meeting at Phulbani to discuss the law and order situation in the district. The meeting was attended by administrative and police officials of the district.