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Dangamatia ‘Fake’ Encounter Case: OHRC Asks Odisha Govt To Pay Rs 1.5 Lakh As Compensation

Bhubaneswar: The Odisha Human Rights Commission (OHRC) on Thursday asked the State government to pay Rs 1.5 lakh compensation to the next of the kin of Manda Kadraka, who was gunned down by the security personnel during an alleged encounter in Rayagada district in 2016.

According to sources, the OHRC has issued a letter in this regard to Home department and asked to pay the ex-gratia within two months to Drika Kadraka, brother of the deceased.

Notably on 27 February 2016, Manda was shot down by the Border Security Force (BSF) and District Voluntary Force (DVF) personnel during a combing operation in the forest area near Dangamatia village under Kalyansinghpur police limits in Rayagada district.

Drika, the brother of the deceased had alleged that the shooting took place when Manda and another person named Dambaru Sikka had gone to the hill top to collect local brew ‘salap’.

They were fired upon by the security forces in which Manda fell to their bullet injuries, while the other managed to escape and report the matter to the villagers. Later, his body was brought to the village and last rites were performed.

Soon after the incident, charges were levelled by several organisations against the security personnel alleging that the firing was a fake encounter.

Notably, the police had claimed that Manda Kadraka was a Maoist. However, the family members of the deceased said their son was not a Maoist. They lodged a complaint at the Kalyansinghpur police station in connection with the incident.

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