Keonjhar, Sept 23 (LocalWire): Teliarsala village under Jhumpura block, around 30 kilometres from here has set an unique example by putting a ban on policemen from entering their village.
The 700 Majhi tribals living in the village settle any dispute amongst themselves if such a situation arises.
According to the tribals this concept has been continuing in the village for the last several years. ‘Even if police comes to our village regarding any case, we don’t allow them to enter and take away any accused,’ villagers said.
‘Once a student of another village studying in an Ashram situated in the village went missing.
After receiving a complaint from his father, police from Jhumpura police station came to this village for an inquiry. When villagers came to know, they stopped the police jeep at the entrance of the village and ask them to go back. Later the villagers helped the school authorities to rescue the boy,’ said Dinesh Kumar Tudu.
‘No theft has been reported ever in this village.
No major crime has taken place and all villagers live in harmony. We are tribals but we are free of superstitions.
We do not believe in witchcraft or sorcery. We sleep peacefully with our machines, cycles and other household articles outside without any fear of those getting stolen,’ Surendra Majhi, an elderly person of the village, said.
Except Holi and Kali puja, they don’t celebrate any festival or puja, a villager explained.
‘If any domestic dispute or quarrel takes place we settle it on our own. A meeting is called by the panchayat head Dhaneswar Majhi, where both the accused and the complainant is present.
Members from each family are present in the meeting. Whatever the village head decides after discussions with the panchayat, we obey,’ said sixty-year-old Dambarudhar Majhi.
F Tigga, SI of Jhumpura police station said, ‘no major case has happened during my stay here. Small disputes are settled at the village level.
We welcome their initiative. But in case of any major crime, they must have faith and respect law and the police.’