Odisha Industrial Zone Police Firing: It was not Government’s fault

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Bhubaneswar: The Odisha government yesterday tabled before the Assembly the much-awaited Justice PK Mohanty Commission of Inquiry & action taken report on the incident of police firing at Kalinganagar in Jajpur in which 13 tribal were killed in January 2006. In its report the probe panel has put the blame on the local politicians and Social activists for inciting the tribals and has almost given clean chit to the administration.


The tribals were agitating against land acquisition by the state government for the KalingaNagar Industrial Zone home to several steel projects  including the Tata Steel, NINL, MESCO and JSL.


In its report the probe commission has blamed the local politicians and Activists and Non Government Organizations (NGOs) for inciting the people for the violent and armed agitation against the government and the security forces.
The commission in its report has said that some local leaders, political parties and others taking advantage of volatile situation mobilized, instigated and led the villager to adopt a path of confrontation instead of peaceful agitation and protest and to insist that there should be no acquisition and not to allow any industry to be set up in the complex.

“When all the deterrent measures failed and yielded no result and finding that the lives of police personnel were endangered; live firing order was passed,” says the version of the then executive magistrate in the report.

The report said that the incident which left 13 tribal people dead was triggered by frustration among the local tribals who felt that their hopes for a better future, for which they had welcomed establishment of the industrial hub at the cost of their land and traditional homes, may not materialize.

The panel has made three recommendations – formulation of beneficial and welfare schemes for the upliftment of land losers and locals; provision of employment to at least one family member of persons who were killed in the incident; and payment of additional compensation to injured in the firing incident.

In its action taken report the state government said, that the recommendations of the Commission has been complied with.  ‘The Orissa 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, the government said, in its ATR.


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