Odisha: Protest Rally and Meeting against State Repression

A report by CAFC,

Bhubaneswar,July 27: A number of people participated at a convention to protest the  Odisha Government’s autocratic attitude in arresting under false charges poor tribes and dalits who raise their voice against police atrocities and anti-people activities in the State at the Lower PMG here on Sunday (27th July 14).

Acting as the hand maiden of the Government, the police give Maoists tag to the innocent tribes  and subject them to physical and mental torture on them in jails, tribal leaders alleged at the convention organized by Campaign against Fabricated Cases (CAFC) at Nagbhushan Bhavan here.

A Protest Rally against State Repression in Odisha

Taking about Repression of Dissenting Voices, Narendra Mohanty, convener of CAFC, said that false charges have been slapped against Human Rights activists and leaders of mass movements and workers of different political parties working for the rights of the tribals and raising their voice against anti-people activities in the state.

“The State Government is targeting its own citizens while facilitating the appropriation of the natural resources by corporate sectors. Repression, deception, threat and fabricating false cases are some of the aggressive tricks being used by the Government to put down any kind of opposition by the public,” alleged Mohanty.

Elaborating on some recent incidents, the CAFC activist said that the people’s movement in Narayanpatna had been suppressed by declaring Chasi Mulia Adivasi Sangha (CMAS) leader Nachika Linga as ‘most wanted’. Similarly, while Viswa Hindu Parishad (VHP) leader Laxmanananda Saraswati was killed by some Maoists in Kandhamal, seven innocent tribal and dalits had been sent to jail in this connection, he added.

On the occasion, the convention put forth a eight-point charters of demands, which included withdrawal of false cases registered against the activists and organizations who fought against displacement and immediate provision of justice to the imprisoned people by taking up the trial of their cases in a special court.

Besides, it also demanded that all the prisoners and convicted persons, who have been charged in political cases for staging various people’s movements, be conferred with the political prisoner status and the Government initiate discussions with the protesters of displacement instead of suppressing their voices.

After the presentation of back ground paper of  CAFC by State Convener ,Activists  Mrs. Shiney Shoy of Bisthapan Birodhi Jana Manch, Kalinganagar, Posco Pratirodh Sangram Samiti president Mr. Abhay Sahu, Niyamagiri Suraksha Samiti member Mr. Raj Kishore Sunani, Lower Suktel Movement leader Mr. Satya Banchhor , Nissan magazine editor Mr.Lenin Kumar, wife of deceased Ghasiram Bagsing of Bhaliaguda fake encounter-Mrs. Laxmi Bagsing, Abajay Sanseth,brother of Bijay Sanseth, who convicted for murder of VHP leader Laxamanananda   shared their experiences on the occasion.

Convention against State Repression in Odisha

In the second session Mr. Biswapriya Kanungo (noted human right activist), Radhakant Sethi- C.P.I(M.L)-Liberation leader, Goutam Bandopadhhya of Nadi Ghati Morcha, Chatisgarh, Rinchin from WSS, Prasant Paikray of PPSS shared their views in the context of expression by person victimized by state repression. Mr. Tapan Padhi proposed the eight point demands as well as proposal of convention, while Mahendra Parida gave thanks to the participants. A fourteen numbers of State Organizing committee has been formed to accelerate the future campaign.  After the Convention a documentary picture ‘FABRICATED” directed by K.P.Sasi