Rights panel asks govt to compensate tribal family

Bhubaneswar: Orissa Human Rights Commission on Thursday directed the state government to pay Rs 3 lakh compensation and initiate crime branch probe into the encounter of a villager in 2008.

After inquiring the matter, the rights panel found that Junesh, a resident of Kutuniganda village under Adaba police limits in Gajapati was a victim of mistaken identity. On November 22, 2008, Junesh along with his cousin Cornel confronted security personnel in forest while they were searching their cattle.

Assuming them to be Maoists, security personnel opened fire at them. While Junesh was killed, his brother was injured in the incident.

Police claimed them to be Maoists whereas SHRC, after inquiry, found the claims to be incorrect.

“OHRC has announced a compensation package of Rs 3 lakh for Junesh, Rs 75, 000 for Cornel and Rs 25, 000 for the loss of cattle and it has also ordered for a crime branch probe,” OHRC Registrar Chittaranjan Mohapatra said.

As part of compensation, the daughter of the deceased would get Rs 2, 50, 000, injured would get Rs 75, 000 and Rs 25, 000 will be paid for the loss of domestic animal in the firing incident.

“After an impartial investigation, it was found that the encounter was a fake one,” Issac’s lawyer Biswapriya Kanungo said.

The panel directed the government to deposit the money as fixed deposit for a minimum term of 10 years on the name of Junesh’s daughter. The panel also directed the Home department to compensate the family before April 21, 2011.
   
SHRC issued this direction while disposing a petition filed by Issac Badarahita, the father of Junesh.