Such allegations against Kadraka were false. He was a poor
farmer was the only truth. Had he been a Maoist Commander, he wouldn’t have
lived in the village with his wife Ratnalu and family. So the encounter of
Rajendra was a fake one and should be investigated by the Crime Branch and the
report be made public.
Is it democracy?
In Narayanpatna, police is ‘killing poor innocent
people in encounters like this. Why government is torturing farmers of
Podapadar who are going to their fields for farm work? Police personnel
are harassing them. In such situation and circumstances the problems of
Narayanpatna will never be solved. On 18 August 2012, Bandhu Nachika was
arrested by the police while working in his field. His son Nachika
Lingaya and others named Miniaka Lasunu, Miniaka Shani, Miniaka Musuri
were also taken to Basnaput BSF camp and were badly beaten and tortured.
Is it democracy?
Is every farmer a criminal?
In the name of combing operation, BSF and SOG
personnel set free cows, goats and other cattle from the sheds to graze
the standing crops in the fields. Is it police administration? In a
saddest incident, an ailing man on way to hospital was arrested and
beaten. Is it justice? Further, police snatched away the bicycles of
Lada Mandingi, Sada Mandingi, Mintu Mandingi, Indar Mandingi and Ranjan
Mandingi of Pachingi village while they were returning to their village
from Narayanpatna High School. Barasa, who was going to Narayanpatna to
sell firewood, was not even spared by the BSF and SOG personnel. Is
every farmer a criminal?
Why innocents are tortured?
Kandapoli Sadhav, Bhantasilang Suresh, Bhantasilang
Loknath, Lalu Obeka, Asala Bhadareddy are poor farmers, who too
were beaten up by the police. What kind of democracy runs in the
country? The BSF and SOG deployed by the government are torturing the
farmers of Narayanpatna. The farmers are going to their fields to do
farm related works hiding themselves and avoiding the gaze of these
armed personnel. Farmers use to invest for purchasing seed, cultivate to
feed themselves and to buy clothes by selling the surplus. They toil
very hard not only for themselves but they also supply food to others.
It is very sad that, they are being falsely stamped as Maoists and
arrested as dreaded extremists. Earlier, those arrested as attackers of
Narayanpatna police station were found innocent by the court and
released from jail.
Fight to protect Land, Rights and Nature, is it wrong?
The CMAS has been fighting for its rights and
justifiable demands through democratic means. Struggle to save water
forest and land is struggle to save the country and the humanity. It
must be appreciated that our existence is due to this land and nature
which has been saved by the adivasis who are the dwellers of the hills
and protector of the nature and animals. They provide sustenance to the
Who benefits from grants for tribal development?
The Collector, DGP, politicians, legal practitioners
and the system above all should answer to the questions raised above. It
should be investigated as to how much government grant has been spent on
these tribal people who have been living in these forest areas for
centuries. Publicity through TV, radio and other media that much is
spent for the development of tribal communities is a white lie. You are
garnering the benefits in the name of tribals. These educated tribal
youth have remained expectant without getting any fruit. The students
failed to enter into colleges due to the complex and outreach system of
admission through computer.
Help us to live with dignity
I therefore appeal to all the intellectuals and the civil society to
appreciate our woes and save us from the torture we are undergoing in
the hands of the police and armed force personnel and please help us to
live as citizens of this country with dignity.
(Originally written in Odia language, the
letter is translated by Vivekanand Dash, Editor of Odia language