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Democracy or Demon-cracy in Orissa's Koraput

Report by K. Sudhakar Patnaik; Koraput (Odisha): Mr. Baria Buti aged about 45 years S/o Baria Dulaba village Patraput of Kumbhari Panchayat under Narayanpatna police station confined in Koraput Jail after 20th November Police firing at Narayanpatna. Mr. Baria Buti belonging to tribal community is blind, police also equally blind who initiated cases against him of snatching arms from the police station and waging war against the Government. Surprisingly the tribal blind man not even seen the arms, so question of attempting to loot arms practically not possible the Advocate Nihar Ranjan Pattnaik opined. The movement of Mr. Baria inside the jail requires the assistance of another man and even out side the jail too. So it makes no difference for him in or outside the jail. The police initiated another case of attempt to murder, arson and looting. It is what the democracy prevailing under Narayanpatna Block in Koraput district.

A Government school teacher Mr. Parsuram Jadingi of Narayanpatna democratically elected as a Secretary of Narayanpatna Block teachers association which is itself is a democratic organization but branded him as undemocratic and initiated several cases including waging war against the government. The teacher also confined inside the Koraput District Jail.

The third one Mr. Sahadev Parida working as a Shikhya Sahayak (Government Primary School teacher working on contractual basis) shifted by the police along with few children from the School to Koraput district jail. Mr. Parida facing similar cases like waging war against the government, looting, arson and etc.

This is what the democracy is prevailing in Koraput district of Odisha in India. I don't know whether the democracy is prevailing in Koraput or demon cracy. The most of the democrat's who believe in democracy turned undemocratic to raise their voice. Media kept silent, main stream politicians become voiceless and this is what the state of affairs in Koraput district of Odisha in India.

Is it not wise on the part of the intellectuals, and so called democrats and social activists to raise their voice in protest against police brutality on tribals in Koraput district with out confining themselves releasing only press statements seating at Bhubaneswar or Delhi.

(Orissadiary.com, 11th February)