No official indicted by panel for Kalinga Nagar firing: Odisha govt

Published: 12th May 2017 01:02 AM  |   Last Updated: 12th May 2017 07:30 AM   |  A+A-

By Express News Service

BHUBANESWAR: The State Government on Thursday maintained that the judicial commission, which probed the killing of 13 people in police firing at Kalinga Nagar in Jajpur district in 2006, has not indicted any official for the incident.
“The judicial panel headed by Justice Pradyumna Kumar Mohanty has not made recommendation against any official for the police firing incident,” Minister for Food Supplies, Consumer Welfare and Cooperation Surya Narayan Patro told mediapersons after the Cabinet approved a proposal to place the final report of the Commission of Inquiry in the Assembly.

This report along with the action taken report will be placed in the Assembly during next session.
The State Government had appointed a judicial commission to inquire into death of 12 persons on the spot due to police firing on January 2, 2006 at Kalinga Nagar in Jajpur. Another person died later, taking the total toll to 13.
The terms of reference of the Commission were analysis of sequence of events and circumstances leading to police firing at Kalinga Nagar, whether measures taken, the quantum of force used in anticipating, preventing and handling situation were adequate, inadequate or in excess of requirement and the responsibility for such act of commission or omission.

Besides, the terms of reference included the role, conduct and responsibility of the organisation, group of individuals or persons, if any, in influencing, precipitating the incident and any other matter concerned with or incidental thereto as the commission may consider appropriate.
“While the Commission submitted its report to the Government on July 3, 2015, the latter accepted it on June 8, 2016,” the Minister said.

Patro said the State Government has implemented all the recommendations of the judicial panel.
“As per the recommendation of the Commission, at least one member from the families of the persons deceased on account of police firing had been offered employment by the beneficiary companies in Kalinga Nagar Integrated Industrial Complex,” Patro said.
The Minister said the State Government has also complied with other recommendations of the Commission of Inquiry.


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