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NHRC RAPPORTEUR VISITS SUKTEL AREA Thursday, 06 March 2014 | PNS | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar

NHRC RAPPORTEUR VISITS SUKTEL AREA

Thursday, 06 March 2014 | PNS | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar
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Villagrs allege police atrocities, house damage
Special Rapporteur of National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) Damodar Sarangi on Tuesday visited the Lower Suktel Budi Anchal area, 30 kilometres from here, and listened to the villagers’ complaints of police abuse and assault.
Villagers of Gadshankar and Dunguripali alleged that the police tortured them while they were on a peaceful protest. They blamed Bolangir SDPO and the then Sub-Collector Jyoti Ranjan Pradhan for the harassment meted out them.
Similarly, Pardhiapali villagers, who have been staging protest for a month now at the dam site, told the Rapporteur that the school buildings and many of their mud houses have developed cracks and, thus, been unsafe for their living due to blasting of the dam construction.
Notably, the NHRC had received two complaints, one on police atrocities and another on loss of livelihood due to the project.
After listening to the villagers’ complaints, Sarangi said, “I have come to conduct an investigation into the complaints. After completion of the inquiry, I would submit a report to the Commission.” He declined to give any comment as to if any human right violated in the area. 
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