Officials walk free in Kalinga Nagar firing case

Kalinga Nagar firing

Bhubaneswar: In the 2006, January 2 Kalinga Nagar firing that claimed lives of 13 tribals, no officials have been accused as per the judicial commission informed Home Secretary Asit Kumar Tripathy on Thursday. The cabinet has approved the action as per the judicial commission’s report.

Post the incident the state government had transferred the collector and SP of Jajpur district while the then Orissa High Court Judge Justice A Surya Narayan Naidu headed the judicial commission. Later, when Supreme Court had announced that a working justice cannot conduct the probe, the investigation was stopped in 2007, May 5. Again in 2008, a retired judge, Justice Prasanna Kumar Patra was appointed the judicial commission in January 2008. However, he was then appointed as the Lokpal in November 2008, thus stalling the probe.

Finally, in September 2009, Justice Pradyumna Kumar Mohanty was appointed the judicial commission. The report was tabled on June 8 2016 before the state government that had accepted the recommendation of the commission. The cabinet formally approved the recommendation on Thursday. The report did not indict any official in the incident.

The Food Supplies and Consumer Welfare minister Surya Narayan Patro said as per the commission’s recommendation Tata Steel needed to settle the displaced with proper amenities which has been done and the family members of those killed in the firing were to be given jobs in companies in the Kalinga Nagar Industrial area and this has also been done.

Following the Commission’s recommendation, a sum of Rs 16.5 lakhs has been disbursed to the collector to be distributed as compensation to the victim’s families. The report will now be tabled in the Assembly with details of action.


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