Loot of the Land, Livelihood and Life: A joint fact finding in to incidents of crime against people in Odisha

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A fact-finding committee of ten members from six rights organisations - People’s Union for Civil Liberties (Odisha), Organisation for Protection of Democratic Rights (Andhra Pradesh), Association for Protection of Democratic Rights (West Bengal), Human Rights Forum (Andhra Pradesh), Campaign for Justice and Peace (Tamilnadu), Andhra Pradesh Civil Liberties Committee (Andhra Pradesh) and Peoples Union for Democratic Rights (Delhi) - visited the districts of Malkangiri, Koraput and Rayagada in South Odisha, and Sundergarh in Western Odisha for three days from 2nd to 4th May, 2011 to look into reports of human rights violations in the area since December 2010. These constitute incidents of alleged encounter and false implication of villagers in anti-Maoist operations. While Team One covered incidents in Malkangiri and Rayagada, Team Two went to Sundergarh District of Odisha. These violations are exemplified by a spate of “encounter” killings of ‘Maoists’ in these districts in recent times. The team spoke to local people, journalists, social activists and police officials while eliciting facts.

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