//Naveen asks SHRC to probe dismembering of bodies

Naveen asks SHRC to probe dismembering of bodies

Bhubaneswar: The Chief Minister’s request came in the wake of widespread allegations levelled by social activists and political parties that the vital organs of those killed in the firing had been removed. Orissa Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today requested the State Human Rights Commission to probe into the allegations of the chopping off of various organs of tribals killed in the Kalinga Nagar police firing on January 2. Yesterday, National Commission for Scheduled Tribe Chairman Kunwar Singh had said the Commission had also received allegations in this regard and sought a report from the government. The Orissa government had already suspended three doctors who conducted the autopsy on the bodies for removing the palms after a hue and cry was raised over the ghastly incident. Of the 12 tribals killed in police firing, the palms of six, including those of a woman, were chopped off during a post mortem on the plea that these bodies could not be identified. The Chief Minister told newsmen that action would be taken as per the law. Meanwhile, a road blockade agitation launched by the tribals on National Highway 200 near Madhuban on the Daitari-Paradip road, entered the 13th day today with no solution in sight. The tribals resorted to the agitation in protest against the police firing. They turned down the proposal of the district authority to withdraw it and come to the negotiation table to resolve the stalemate. The local tribals have been demanding an ex-gratia of Rs 20 lakhs to the next of kin of those killed, a job to one member of the affected family and Rs 5 lakh as compensation to those injured in the police action. Deccan Herald / January 14 2006 / UNI ///