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Kalinganagar firing row: Chopped palms found near Saheed Stambha in Jajpur

18/11/2018 at 6:53 PM

 

Jajpur: At least 10 chopped palms, suspected to be that of those tribals killed in Kalinganagar police firing in January 2006, were found near Saheed Stambha at Ambagadia in the district today triggering tension in the locality.

All the palms, preserved medically, were kept at Club after the family members of the deceased had refused to accept and cremate the bodies.

Some miscreants took out the palms by breaking the locks of the Club on Saturday night.

Meanwhile, Bisthapan Birodhi Jana Manch demanded immediate arrest of the miscreants involved in the incident.

Notably, at least 13 tribals were killed in police firing in Kalinganagar during a protest against construction of a compound wall of Tata Steel project on January 2, 2006.

The controversy erupted after the bodies of five of the 13 tribal people killed with their palms chopped off were handed over to their families by the Jajpur district administration on January 4, 2006. However, the palms were then kept inside the Club as family members of the deceased refused to accept them seeking DNA test.

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