ACHR PRESS RELEASE
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02 January 2007
ACHR demands release of the Kalinganagar Commission of Inquiry report
“The judicial inquiry report must be made public to establish the accountability for acts of barbarism like chopping off the hands from the wrists, mutilation of the genitals and the use of iron objects, not bullets, to brutally kill the victims”- stated Mr Suhas Chakma, Director of Asian Centre for Human Rights.
“Establishment of accountability is crucial to assuage the sufferings of the victims, their relatives, and start meaningful negotiation to resolve the impasse.” –s further added Mr Chakma.
None of the bereaved families, barring one, has so far accepted the compensation of Rs 5 lakh offered by the Orissa government. This indicates the need to find holistic solution to the crisis of displacement and pauperisation of the tribals in the name of industrialisation. About 1.4 million people, most of them tribals, have been reportedly displaced in Orissa between 1951 and 1995 due to dams, canals, mines and industries. During 2002-2005 alone, the Orissa government signed 42 Memorandum of Understanding with companies for proposed steel and other plants in the state without adequate plans for proper rehabilitation.
“The state must not act as the broker. In 2004, while the