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Civil society seeks halt to combing operations in Narayanpatna

india Updated: Nov 25, 2009 21:31 IST

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Seeking immediate halt to combing operation in Narayanpatna area of Orissa's Koraput district, a group of civil society members demanded a judicial probe into the killing of two members of Chasi Mulia Adivasi Sangha (CMAS), a tribal outfit, on November 20.

The team comprising members of Lok Sangram Manch, Lok Shakti Abhijan, CPI-ML Liberation and CPI(ML) visited Narayanpatna after the death of CMAS leader K Singana and Andrew Nachika in police firing.

Both the tribal leaders were killed in police firing when a mob attempted to loot arms from Narayanpatna police station, police said adding that over 35 people were held on the charge of launching an attack on the police station.

The tribals armed with their traditional weapons demonstrated before the police station demanding a stop to combing operation.

"The tribals demanded stoppage of combing operation and withdrawal of para-military force because jawans were indulging in sexual harassment of the local women," said Budha Gamanga of Lok Sangram Manch.

Alleging that the police had raised a Salwa Judum group of land lords, money lenders and liquor vendors in Narayanpatna area, Lok Shakti Abhijan leader Prafulla Samantra said: "Any one visiting the area is tortured and humiliated with active patronage of the local police."

The group also demanded a compensation of Rs 10 lakh each to the families of the tribal leaders killed in the police firing.