September 4, 2009
Peace and Human rights Activist and Victim Assaluted in Kandmalas
Digal a leading Human Rights Activist of Kandhamal involved in the
ongoing peace building process and restoration of justice to the
affected victims of last Kandhamal violence has been brutally
attacked in his residence last night at 7.30 p.m.(03.09.2009) by
some unknown miscreants just half K.m. away from G.Udayagiri Police
Station. As alleged in the complaint submitted to the O.I.C.,
G.Udayagiri P.S., it reveals that while Mr. Digal was in his
residence along with his wife and only daughter 5 antisocial
elements carrying swords and Pistol covering their faces with black
cloth entered in to the house, threatened him to kill if he dares to
continue to take leadership in justice restoration process in
future and asked to immediately vacate the house. They physically
attacked and injured him by sword and also kicked him and gave him
blows. They also forcefully took away Rs.5000/- cash, an ATM card,
some important papers and valuables. As his wife managed to escape
from the back door of the house and shouted the neighbors for help,
the miscreants fled away.
revealed that he was threatened by some known miscreants at 4.p.m.
on the same date in his residence and he had also informed to the
District Administration and Superintendent of Police including the
Human Rights Commission of Orissa repeatedly regarding the impending
danger to his life and about the ongoing attacks on him by the
antisocial elements and vested interests.
known Rights and Social Activists of Kandhamal like Keshamati
Pradhan, Sumabati Pradhan, Brajabandhu Pradhan and Hemant Naik have
expressed their grave concern on the growing trend violence which
are not very often reported due to administrative in action and
proper maintenance of law and order situation in the district.
Stringent action against the criminals and perpetrators demanded to
build up confidence amongst the activists campaigning for peace and
Kindly write to the District Administration for appropriate action
and protection for the said activist.
Kuidina Forum for Peace and Justice
Nuasahi ( Kupanaju)
e-mail : firstname.lastname@example.org