Jajpur, Jan 1 (LocalWire) Large number of tribals will observe the 13th anniversary of Kalinga Nagar firing, where 14 tribals were killed in police encounter while protesting against Tata’s proposed project in Jajpur district’s steel hub.
On Jan 2, 2006, police had opened fire on tribals protesting against forcible displacement through construction of a boundary wall by Tata Steel for its 6 million tonnes steel plant. As many as 14 people, including three women, were killed at Ambagadia.
Anti-industry groups, under the banner of Bisthapan Birodhi Janamanch (BBJM), will assemble on Wednesday at Ambagadia.
BBJM secretary Rabindra Jarika said around 5000 tribals, including anti-land acquisition leaders,will participate in a rally from the “martyrs column” in Champakoila village to the Veerbhumi in Ambagadia.
After reaching the Veerbhumi, large number of people will pay tribute to the victims, said Jaraka.
Jaraka alleged even after 13 years of police firing the state government has failed to empathize with tribals.
He criticized the decision of the state cabinet for accepting the report of the Inquiry Commission on Kalinga Nagar firing .
“In the report, the Inquiry Commission had not blamed the police for the killing of 14 tribal people. We reject this report,” said Jaraka .
Jaraka also criticized the police for their failure to arrest miscreants who had stolen 10 palms of the martyrs and had thrown them away on the ground on Nov 17 last year.
The palms were chemically preserved and kept in a plastic jar at Bhoomi Club near the martyr’s tower after the family members of the deceased tribals had refused to accept them demanding a DNA test.
Security has been tightened at Kalinaga Nagar and its nearby areas for the 13th anniversary of Kalinga Nagar firing, said Rajendra Narayan Patnaik, inspector-in-charge of Kalinga Nagar police station.