Direction of OHRC to Collector and CDMO, Keonjhar to make an on the spot Study of Situation of Belabahali village and send a team of health workers to provide necessary medical facilities to the villagers
On 28.7.15, a Team of Human Rights Activists and Lawyers filed complaint to Odisha Human Rights Commission seeking immediate intervention of the Commission to withdraw huge police force deployed around Belabahali village under Anandpur Sub-division of Keonjhar district and direct the Chief District Medical Officer, Keonjhar to send a well-equipped health team to provide treatment to the people suffering from various diseases and wounded due to police attack. It was reported to the Team that a old man suffering from paralysis died due to lack of treatment.
It needs to be mentioned here that since last twenty days, the police force have been cordoning the whole village inhabited by around 10,000 people after brutal police attack and atrocity on the innocent villagers who have been opposing proposed diversion and expansion of the road and construction of new bridge on 215 National Highway over Kushei river by National Highway Authority of India and the State Government on the pretext that it would create water-logging and flood in the area and damage 2000 hectares of agriculture land leading to putting adverse impact on their economy.
15-member Civil Society Groups had visited to Belabahali village on 18.7.15 to ascertain the fact about the incident and magnitude of police atrocity and reason of it. The Team noticed the pathetic situation of the villagers and their helplessness in the village. Having been frightened and to evade arrest, the villagers could not go to agriculture field for cultivation. The children could not go to the school. The students could not go to apply form for admission and entrance test for job. The people who have suffered injury are not allowed for treatment.
After returning from the villager, the team along with other activists had organised protest Dharana in front of the office of Director General of police and submitted memorandum demanding withdrawal of police from the village and false cases filed against the villagers.
Finding no action from the Director General of Police, the Team personally met Acting Chairman, Odisha Human Rights Commission and sought commission’s immediate intervention in order to provide justice to the villagers. The Commission taking into consideration the plea of Human Rights Activists issued order to the Collector and CDMO, Keonjhar district to make an on the spot Study of Situation of Belabahali village and send a team of health workers to provide necessary medical facilities to the villagers within 3 weeks and fixed the date 24.8.15 for further orders.
The Team members who met OHRC were Sri Pradip Pradhan, Pratap sahu, Sri Sudhir Mohanty, advocate, Odisha High Court, Sachikant Pradhan, Sri Debashis Hota, Trade Uion Leader, Sanjay sahu, Jayant Das, RTI Activist, Menaka Kinnar etc.
Pradip Pradhan, M-9937843482