Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Prasanjit SarkarFirst Published : 21 Jul 2009 03:54:00 AM IST
ROURKELA: This is a perfect example of how `effectively’ the much-hyped surrender policy for Naxals is being implemented in the State. It has been four years since Kandri Lohar alias Madhuri showed the nerve to walk away from the banned CPI(Maoist) outfit and join the mainstream. But she is still in a “jungle”.
The compensation of Rs 50,000 is yet to be given to her while shelter, which was to be provided by the Sundargarh district administration, remains a dream.
Ridiculous as it may sound, the Bisra block office has expressed its keenness on allotting her a house under the Indira Awas Yojana (IAY) but cannot find a suitable land for constructing it.
Madhuri spent her last four years in torment. Even as she ran from pillar to post for her dues and met with administrative indifference at every stage, her family life was in a shambles.
Unable to bear the torture inflicted on her by her husband and inlaws, she has left her house and taken shelter at her parents’ place at Sagjhor along with her two-and-halfyear- old son Kanha.
Madhuri’s marriage to Shankar of Bondamunda was, in fact, solemnised by the police after she was lured away from the Red radicals on July 28, 2005 with a promise of rehabilitation and better life. When this correspondent visited Sagjhor, she had gone to Saranda forest to collect firewood. Her parents live in extreme poverty. A few days ago, she had borrowed Rs 40 to visit the police headquarters at Rourkela, about 30 km away from her place. Her next visit is uncertain. She simply cannot afford another trip for now.
Madhuri refused to speak, so did her parents. People of the village, which is in the Naxal-affected zone on the Orissa-Jharkhand border, were cautious but unanimously scathing against the administrative apathy.
Police, however, seem to have woken up to her plight. She would be absorbed as Home Guard for which recruitment has been conducted recently, said SP Diptesh Patnaik.