//Report sought on chopping of Orissa tribals’ palms

Report sought on chopping of Orissa tribals’ palms

The Peninsula / January 15 2006 / (IANS) —

Report sought on chopping of Orissa tribals’ palms

Bhubaneswar: A tribal body has sought a report from the Orissa government on the alleged chopping of palms of six of the 12 tribals killed in Jajpur district police firing last week, an official said yesterday.///

The tribals were killed when police opened fire on about 500 protesters at the Kalinga Nagar industrial complex at Jajpur, 120km from here. The tribals were protesting against constructions by the Tata Steel Company.

Five members of the National Commission for Scheduled Tribe had visited the spot to assess the situation and talked to the tribal families

Kunwar Singh, who headed the team, said: "Families of the victims alleged that besides the palms, private parts of some of the dead bodies were also chopped off. We have sought a clarification from the state government on this and asked them to submit a report."

A state home department official said yesterday: "The state government has received the letter from the commission and will submit a report soon."

The tribal families discovered soon after their bodies were handed over to them that palms of at least six people had been severed.

Although local officials claimed they were cut off for future identification, the state government suspended the three doctors who performed the postmortem.