Odisha rights panel seeks report on Maoist threat

District Collector, Malkangiri SP response sought within six weeks

October 18, 2016 12:00 am | Updated December 01, 2016 06:36 pm IST - Bhubaneswar:

The Odisha Human Rights Commission (OHRC) on Monday sought an action taken report from district authorities in Malkangiri over a petition seeking protection for people living in the area under Maoist threat.

The OHRC has sought within six weeks the response from the District Collector and the Superintendent of Police of Malkangiri over the matter, which was transferred to it by the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC).

Some months ago, the affected villagers, mostly tribals, had visited the Collector’s office in Malakangiri, seeking administration’s help and adequate security in their villages.

The local administration had provided them with basic amenities and settled them in temporary shelters in the district headquarters, even as incidents of villagers being killed allegedly by Maoists continued to be reported from the region.

Human rights activist Sangita Swain had moved the NHRC, “seeking justice” for the people of Andrapalli and Panaspat in Malkangiri district.

Ms Swain had alleged that the Maoists tortured and killed tribal people suspecting them to be police informers and set houses on fire and their human rights were violated by the inaction/ unlawful action by the police or public authority in Malkangiri.

She had sought protection of the tribals from the Maoists and a compensation of Rs 20 lakh to the kin of those killed and Rs 5 lakh to other victims.

She had claimed that the tribal people were leaving their villages “out of fear”.

The OHRC order said the Collector and the SP of Malkangiri district be provided the copy of the petition filed by Ms Swain, as it posted the next hearing in the case to November 25. - PTI

Some months ago, tribals has sought administration’s help and adequate security in their villages

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