National Human Rights Commission seeks report in Odisha, Legal News, ET LegalWorld – Legal Firms

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) sought an action taken report from the Odisha DGP within four weeks over two encounter killings in Koraput district on November 10.

The commission passed the order on Thursday, acting on a petition filed by rights activist and lawyer, Radhakanta Tripathy.

Police sources said Jaya Kumar Nag of Baragaon in Nabarangpur district and Dhana Kamara of Sariguda in Malkangiri district were killed during an exchange of fire between police forces and suspected Maoists in a forest in Boipariguda area of Koraput on the night of November 10.

Villagers, along with family members of Dhana, blocked NH-326 near Kotameta in Malkangiri district on November 13, alleging that the encounter was staged.

The protesters said Dhana was not a Maoist, while the kin of Nag, the other person killed that night, claimed he was a daily wager. They demanded compensation to the next of kin of the deceased and action against the police officers.

The petition to the NHRC stated that the encounter killings of both Dhana and Nag were fake. “They did not have any link with Maoists. The facts and circumstances of the cases clearly indicate a painful and alarming situation in the state. The two men were poor daily wagers,” Tripathy said. “The encounter death amounts to a terrible violation of human rights,” he added.

In his petition, Triparhy requested the NHRC to conduct a free, fair, and impartial investigation into the encounter killings and direct the state government to take legal action against the police officers who staged the encounters.

He also urged the NHRC to order the state government to pay adequate compensation to the next of kin of the deceased, to provide basic amenities and justice to the poor locals through various welfare schemes, probe encounter deaths, and ensure basic human rights. The rights panel will hear the case after four weeks.

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