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Press Note--Orissa Forest Mazdur Union and Revolutionary Writers Association, A.P

On 24th December, 2010, the police raided the village of Lundang in Gajapati District, brutally tortured all village people. The Adivasis there belongs to the catholic christian community. Their preparation for Christmas was totally destroyed. From there, they have taken four young men - Somnath Majhi, Pradeep Majhi and two others to the S.O.G camp inside SPs office, Paralakhemundi and severely tortured. Pradeep Majhi died there because of torture but the SP has concocted a story that he committed suicide in the Police lock up with shoelaces. The villagers blocked the road and protested. The district collector announced one lakh rupees ex-gratia from the Red Cross Fund. The other three were sent to judicial custody to R.Udayagiri after fabricating false cases against them.

In the month of October two Adivasi people - Gangul Tharangi ( Chandrapur) and M. Suba Rao ( ward member from Konda Baridi village ) were picked up and tortured, causing their death in custody in Rayagada district ( Gangulu in Chandrapur P.S and Suba Rao in Ramnaguda P.S). Their custodial deaths were also shown as suicides. After the people's protest blocking the road, Rayagada collector announced ex-gratia for Suba Rao.

On 28th December 2010, two activists of Gandhamadan Surakshya Parishad, Madhab Singh Thakur and Ramesh Sahoo, were killed by Bargarh police in Paikamal and floated the story of encounter. Madhab Thakur is the BJP mandal president.

When the preparations for the anniversary of Kalinga Nagar Martyrs ( 5th January) was taking place, 5 people from different places were forcibly taken by the police on 20th december and an encounter of these five people was shown on 2nd January, 2011 after two weeks of illegal custody and torture. They were not Maoist squad members. They are all innocent villagers and there were 4 girls among the 5 people. One of them is a 12 year girl. The encounters was shown to have taken place near Tamka Forest, Main road.

Since 1969 in Orissa, 130 people were killed in fake encounters. One in Gasma, one in Koraput armoury action (2004) , one in R. Udaygiri (2006) and another in Damonjodi in Nalco (2009) are only the only real encounters. Rest are fake. Even in these fake encounters except in Kopardang, Gotaa, kutinganda and betasing, people killed are innocent people.

In the last 40 years among the 130 people died. But with Operation Green Hunt, the pace of encounter killings has increased. It has become a frequent practice and 30 innocent people are killed during Operation Green Hunt.

Though there is a state human rights commission chaired by a retired high court Judge, no justice is delivered to the kith and kin of deceased nor any enquiry has been conducted into the facts of encounter killings.

There are 700 people in different jails in Orissa including 120 people in Rourkela and 200 people in Koraput.

This kind of state repression and encounter killings are only to suppress the resistance of the Adivasi and democratic forces in the state, who are resisting their displacement and the plunder of resources of this state by the multinational and big companies.

We demand the state government to stop these encounter killings an illegal arrests and stop the displacement of Adivasis in the name of development. And we urge the democratic forces to raise their voices in solidarity with the fighting people.

Issued by

Dandapani Mohanty (General Secretary. OFMU, Orissa)

Vara Vara Rao (Revolutionary Writers Association, A.P)