NHRC Asks Chief Secretary To File Report On Vedanta Plant In Kalahandi

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Bhubaneswar: The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has asked Chief Secretary to submit detailed report by August 31 regarding payment of compensation, rehabilitation of displaced families and alleged police atrocities in connection with the setting up of the aluminium plant by Vedanta company in Kalahandi district.

The NHRC has issued its order following a petition filed by lawyer and social activist Radhakanta Tripathy.

As per the petition by Radhakanta on January 21, 2012, violence had erupted in the district following forceful displacement of the villagers for the setting up of Vedanta’s plant for which the police had brutally beaten up the local residents.

It was alleged that the authorities had openly violated human rights of the local residents, many of whom belonged to SC and ST communities. According to the petition, 47 male tribal residents of Rengapali village were illegally arrested by the police during the 2012 incident.

The commission has also sought a response from the state on some recommendations made by NHRC’s special rapporteur Damodar Saranga submitted to the commission on November 28, 2015.

After the NHRC received an investigation report of its Special Rapporteur, Damodar Sarangi in connection with the rights violation of the tribal villagers, the same was sent to the Kalahandi SP for further comments who, however,  denied the findings of the Rapporteur.

However, after the facts and circumstances with detailed investigation report with documentary evidence was produced by Damodar Sarangi the Home Department and the state government had admitted police atrocities and agreed to pay compensations to the victims.

 

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