[The Hindu] Security Forces Harassing Tribal People

Thousands of people in the villages under Kashipur Block of Rayagada and adjacent Lakshmipur Block of Koraput districts were living under fear of being harassed by the gun-toting security personnel who were entering villages in the name of combing operation, alleged Bhagaban Majhi, convenor of the Kashipur-based Prakrutika Sampad Suraksha Parishad (PSSP). Talking to The Hindu in Bhubaneswar on Friday, Mr. Majhi alleged that the paramilitary forces had picked up Jaga Majhi, an innocent tribal man from Barigaon village from a weekly haat at Sankarada on March 13. The police had made false claims that Jaga Majhi was a Maoist and had surrendered before them, Mr. Majhi said.

Such has become the situation that tribal men and women were not stepping out of their homes apprehending harassment at the hands of the Central forces deployed in the area, said Majhi. […]

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