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Kalinga Nagar Police Firing Commission Report Indicts Local Leaders & NGOs


14 December 2017

Soumya Ranjan Sahoo


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Bhubaneswar: After seven-long years of the shocking incident, Odisha Government on Thursday tabled the Justice P.K. Mohanty Kalinga Nagar Police Firing Commission of Inquiry Report in the Assembly on its valedictory session.

While Report has indicted local leaders and NGOs for such an incident, clean chit has been given to the Government and its officials.

In his reactions, Congress Chief Whip Tara Prasad Bahinipati said, “The State Government took seven long years to lay the report before the Assembly. The issue of tribals killed in the police firing was often raised by the Opposition in the House. Unfortunately, the report indicts the doctor, political leaders and local leaders.”

“So far the rehabilitation package is mentioned in the report, the State Government should soon announce it. The Report appears to have been manipulated,” the senior Congress leader remarked adding, “Report is silent on the role of ruling BJD leaders of the area as well as others.”

“The hon’ble Chief Minister has manipulated it,” he quipped.

BJP MLA Rabi Naik commented, “Clean chit has been given to the police in the Report. It hits hard on the tribal community. The way the palms of the killed tribals were cut off, it’s extremely unfortunate. We know that our enemy Pakistan commits such deplorable and inhuman act with our soldiers. But, the way this Government has done it, the tribals will give a fitting reply to it in future.”

On the contrary, Government Chief Whip Amar Prasad Satpathy said, “It’s a judicial commission. If an administrative commission of enquiry is formed into such an event, the administration may try to hush up the matter apprehended to create trouble for it. Hence, the Chief Minister had decided then for ordering a judicial enquiry as per the Commission of Enquiry Act.”

“Whatever recommendations are made by the judicial commission, Government accepts them and action is taken accordingly. No one should put a question mark on the neutrality of a judicial commission,” the Government Chief Whip viewed.

Notably, Odisha Government on Thursday laid the much-awaited Justice P.K. Mohanty Commission of Inquiry report on the Kalinga Nagar Police Firing incident of January 2, 2006 in which 13 tribals were killed and many others injured.

The Commission in its report submitted with the State Government has made three recommendations to the State Government.

Recommendations Made:

  1. Formulation of a beneficial comprehensive scheme for giving benefits to the land losers/displaced persons and while formulating such scheme the Government was to keep in view the scheme adopted by Tata Steel Limited in respect of the displaced persons of Kalinga Nagar.

  2. Provision of suitable employment to one member each of the families of the deceased persons through beneficiary companies set up in the Kalinga Nagar Integrated Industrial Complex.

  1. Payment of additional ex-gratia to the persons who had been injured during the Police firing incident.

Home Department Additional Chief Secretary Asit Tripathy on the action taken report has mentioned:

“Upon examination, it was found that the Odisha Resettlement and Rehabilitation Policy of the Revenue & Disaster Management Department in its amended form was progressive and similar to the scheme adopted by the Tata Steel Limited in respect of the displaced persons of Kalinga Nagar. Hence, the Recommendations of the Commission in this respect have been complied.”

“It was also found that at least one member each from the families of the persons deceased on account of the Police firing incident had been offered employment by the beneficiary companies in the Kalinga Nagar Integrated Industrial Complex. Hence, the Recommendations of the Commission in this respect have also been complied.”

“On request of the Home Department, Government in the General Administration Department has released a sum of Rs 16,50,000 in favour of the Collector, Jajpur for payment of additional differential ex-gratia to the injured persons.”

Notably, the State Government appointed Justice Pradyumna Kumar Mohanty as Commission of Inquiry vide Home (Special Section) Department Notification No. 3839/C, dated 04.09.2009 to enqire into the incident of Police firing which occurred at Kalinga Nagar in the District of Jajpur from the stage it was left over by Late Shri Justice P.K. Patra. After completion of the inquiry, the Commission submitted its report to Government on 03.07.2015. After being examined in the Home Department, it was accepted by the Government on 08.06.2016.

The Commission submitted its report to the State Government on July 3, 2015. After being examined in the Home Department, the actions already taken at different levels which were in line with the recommendations of the Commission were examined in a meeting held on January 6, 2016 under the chairmanship of the Principal Secretary, Home Department. The Report was finally accepted by Government on June 8, 2017.

It is provided under Section 3, Sub-Section (4) of the Commission of Enquiry Act, 1952 that the appropriate Government shall cause to be laid before the Legislative Assembly of the State, the report, if any, of the Commission on the Inquiry made by the Commission together with a memorandum of the action taken thereon, within a period of six months of the submission of the report by the Commission to the appropriate Government, the Memorandum mentioned.

However, delay has occurred at various stages while processing, examining, taking action and printing of the Report. The reasons of delay, explained above, may be taken into considerations, states the Member-in-Charge.

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Tara Prasad Bahinipati, Congress Chief Whip, Odisha

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Rabi Naik, MLA, BJP, Odisha

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Amar Prasad Satpathy, Government Chief Whip, Odisha