Berhampur, Nov 16 (LocalWire) Six years after five tribals and dalits were allegedly killed by security forces in an encounter at Bhaliaguda jungle in Kandhamal-Gajapati-Ganjam border, their widows, along with several activists, on Thursday demanded a Special Investigation Team (SIT) probe into the incident.
They also demanded a compensation of Rs.50 lakh each.
The widows submitted a memorandum to Odisha governor Ganeshi Lal and chief minister Naveen Patnaik through the revenue divisional commission, southern division here after conducting a procession.
Ayub Pradra of Bujuli, Syamson Majhi of Bhnguruiguda, Ghasiram Bagsingh of Mardipanka in Bramhanigaon police station limit, Laxmikant Nayak and Sanatan Mallick of Gaheju village in Tikabali police limit were allegedly killed in a police encounter at Bhaliaguda jungle in Gajapati district on November 14, 2012.
The widows said their husbands were killed by the police in a fake encounter since they were well-known social activists in the area and used to fight for villagers’ rights.
They were not the members of the banned CPI (Maoist), they said.
Ghasiram’s wife Laxmi Bagsingh, Syamson’s wife Sikaalu Majhi, Ayub’s wife Ranjita and Sanatana’s wife Mamita, along with several activists, staged a rally under the banner of the campaign against fabricated cases (CAFC) before submitting the memorandum..
“We have also demanded to book the police person in murder case who had killed five innocent people and to stop the police exercise on tribal people in the name of combing operation” said
Narendra Mohanty, convener CAFC.
Police and security forces allegedly killed them while three of them were returning to their respective villages after attending the Praja Court of the Maoists, the wives of the deceased said.
They had gone to attend the Praja Court to present their views while the Maoists summoned them.
The other two were farmers.