Monday, August 22, 2005

Pro-Naxal organisation ‘Daman Pratirodh Manch’ to hold rally in Orissa

Naxalite tribals plan rally

Statesman News Service
BERHAMPUR, Aug. 22. — The pro-Naxal organisation ‘Daman Pratirodh Manch’ has decided to hold another show of its strength in the state capital on 1 September through an armed tribal rally and public meeting.
This would be the first major show of strength of the Naxalites in Orissa after the recent ban imposed on the CPI-Maoist in Andhra Pradesh.
It may be noted that the first ever public meeting of the Manch at Bhubaneswar had drawn much attention as it was addressed amongst others by Veravera Rao, a key interlocutor in the naxal-AP government talks who has recently been arrested by the AP government. The 1 September rally would be in protest against life sentence announced against four tribals of Gajapati district by the Paralakhemundi sessions court in relation to the Mandrabaju-Majhiguda incident of 30 December 1999, where the violence between tribals versus police and harijans had claimed nine lives.
The Mandrabaju-Majhiguda incident had started from a tussle over land between the tribals and harijans of the area. As the situation became volatile a police camp had been established in the area. On 30 December night a mob of armed tribals had attacked the police camp and had also burnt down the harijan habitat. Police had to resort to firing. This incident claimed nine lives, which included eight tribals. It was alleged that the tribals were instigated by the Naxals. But the tribals involved in the incident alleged that they attacked the police camp as policemen of the camp were involved in atrocities on tribals, which included atrocities against tribal women. The convenor of the Manch, Mr Dandapani Mohanty, alleged that the present court decision sentencing four tribals for life proves the hypocrisy of the political system.

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