Tribals observe ‘Saheed Divas’ as Kalinga Nagar incident turns 12

Jajpur: Tribals from across the State today assembled at Kalinga Nagar in Jajpur district to observe the 12th anniversary of police firing in which 14 tribals were killed in 2006.

For the first time, the anti and pro displacement fronts of tribals made joint arrangements to observe the day. They took out a rally from Champakoila, the spot where the firing took place, to Veerbhumi, the crematorium and offered tributes to the people who laid their lives while protesting land acquisition for TATA steel plant.

“We are jointly observing the Saheed Divas today unlike previous years. So, it will be different one,” Rabindra Jarika, secretary of Bisthapan Birodhi Manch said.

Security has been beefed up in view of the huge gathering.”We have made elaborate security arrangements in view of huge congregation of tribals. Adequate security forces have been deployed to tackle any possible eventuality. We have appealed to the tribal outfits to observe the day peacefully,” additional SP Rajkishore Dora said.

The tribals alleged that they are yet to get justice even though the incident had taken place 12 years ago.

On December 14, 2017 Justice P.K. Mohanty Commission’s inquiry report was tabled in State Assembly. The report stated that the incident took place due to frustration among people who did not get adequate compensation following displacement and land acquisition.

As many as 14 tribal men were killed in police firing on January 2, 2006 while opposing land acquisition for the private company.