BHUBANESWAR, September 18, 2012, DHNS:
Judicial probe into the communal riots in Odisha’s Kandhamal district is expected to resume soon, with the state government deciding to appoint Justice A S Naidu as the new head of the one-man inquiry commission.
The Hon’ble Governor,
Govt. of Orissa,
Sub: Demanding for the urgent steps to ensure the due justice and peace is restored in the Kandhamal district.
We the undersigned members of Kandhamal Nyaya Shanti O Sadbhabana Samaj, Kandhamal, Orissa, herewith present this memorandum for your appropriate, necessary urgent action. After four years of Kandhamal communal violence in Kandhamal, the victims have been suffering from various socio-economic constrains and difficulties. There is serious dissatisfaction upraising among the affected communities, which we describe before you in the following ways.
About 200 activists and survivors from Kandhamal violence gathered at Lohiya Academy on 25th August, 2012 and deliberated on the present situation in Kandhamal four years after the deadly violence that took place after the killing of VHP leader Laxmanananda Saraswati by Maoists. The Convention began at 10.30 AM with welcome address by Ram Nayak, President, Kandhamal Nyaya, Shanti, Sadbhavana Samiti (KNSSS). A four members’ fact finding team consisting journalists, writers and activists; who visited Kandhamal to study the present situation of Kandhamal, shared their observations before the participants. Following it, the eminent speakers including Sri Rabi Das (Senior Journalist), Prasanta Pattnaik (Senior Journalist), Radhakanta Sethi (Former MLA and leader of CPI-ML-Liberation), Suresh Panigrahi (CPM), Prasanta Paikray (CPI), Prafulla Samantara (Eminent Social and Environmental Activist), Lenin Raghubanshi (Human Rights Activist from Uttar Pradesh), Dhirendra Panda (Human Rights Activist from Odisha) and Advocate Dibya Parichha (Advocate) have shared their views. Mahendra Parida (AICCTU) presided over the Convention.