Even though, Rayagada is a heartland of Maoists and is among the most
Maoist affected districts, the civil supplies department didn’t inform
the police about the missing of the Driver nor took any action to trace
out where Kishore was. There was no report with the police about the
missing of the driver till Malati went to Rayagada and lodged the FIR on
March 21. “He (Kishore) joined the office and vanished after two days.
We have reported about his absence to the government, his family has
also filed an FIR. I don’t know more than this”, says District Civil
Supplies Officer Santosh Kumar Mohanty confirming that the department
has already posted another driver in the place of Kishore Tudu.
As per Malati, Kishore told her in the morning that he was not given
charge by the departmental Driver who was also transferred. There is a
general doubt in everyone’s mind that why Kishore was not given charge
till two days when March 14 and 15 were both working days? Was there any
kind of employees’ dissidence that made it to be reason behind the
missing or abduction of Kishore Tudu? The doubt gets a strong ground
because the Rayagada office of Civil Supplies never took any initiation
to check where Kishore Tudu was nor did it file an FIR with Police about
the missing of its employee who joined just two days back. However, this
has to be investigated by the Rayagada Police.
“The office and the authorities still take it very casually which raises
doubt about some official nexus behind the missing of Kishore”, says
Mrutyunjay Narayan Jena, a neighbour of Malati in Rourkela. Mryutyunjay
accompanied Malati when she went to Rayagada to know the whereabouts of
On the other hand, Malati Tudu - the wife of Kishore Tudu, who has
lodged an FIR with Rayagada Police since March 2011 is rounding the
offices to get some information about her husband and get him back.
After missing of her husband, Malati – who was solely dependant on her
husband’s salary – does not get any financial support from the
department her husband was working in.
With one son at standard seven in a private school and a daughter at
class ten in Rourkela Police High School, Malati is constantly facing
threats from the schools to pay the fees or take the children away. But,
Malati is helpless as simple survival has become the biggest challenge
for her since Kishore’s missing. Living miserably without any source of
income, Malati is very much upset with the way the local police and
administration works for the rescue of her husband. “I have lodged an
FIR. Neither the Office nor the police have done anything to bring my
husband back. I have informed the police about a few calls I have
received from the mobile number my husband was using. The callers, whom
I believe to be the abductors, ask me from time to time to put some
balance money with the number so that they would allow me to talk to my
husband. Every time, I put money but I have never talked to my husband.
The same callers also called a few other times from different other
numbers. The police is maintaining its indifference towards my FIR and
the case of my husband”, says Malati Tudu in a chocking voice.
Malati is rounding the civil supplies office and the Police station
almost regularly waiting for some action by the police in the direction
of rescuing her husband. But the police has not made any breakthrough in
the case. “The case is lodged since March 2011 and is under
investigation. Since there is no development in the case, we are now
planning for a scientific investigation for a quick breakthrough”, says
J. R. Rao, Deputy Superintendent of Police, Rayagada.
The case of Kishore’s missing and regular rounding by Malati Tudu in the
Rayagada Civil Supplies Office and police station expecting that someone
must act to rescue her husband explain how apathetic the government and
administration are towards different categories of its employees. For a
safe return of abducted IAS officer R. Vineel Krishna, the government of
Orissa and its bureaucracy took all possible measures and agreed to most
of the conditions put by the Maoists to make the negotiation successful.
But in case of Kishore – a driver working in Orissa government’s civil
supplies office – neither the office nor the administration even
bothered to take immediate action and inform the local police to
investigate and trace out the employee who went missing mysteriously.
While talking over telephone Malati asked, I don’t understand how the
government has been so callous about rescuing my husband who was a part
of its machinery – even though as a driver? How my husband’s life and
the lives of three other dependants like me, my son and daughter are
just meaningless for a government that must protect us and let us live
our own life peacefully? Talking of development and rights of the poor
and disadvantaged, is it not how the government itself is having a
discriminatory attitude towards its officers and other employees?
The questions raised by Malati do directly question the kind of
administration and political governance running in the state of Orissa and
the kind of bureaucracy operating in the state that is hardly concerned
about the other government employees and their families. However, Malati
is still waiting with the hope that someone will surely initiate action
to bring her husband back to her family.