Berhampur: A tribal outfit in Kandhamal district has warned it would resort to agitation
afresh if the Odisha government did not fulfill its demands made three years ago.
The outfit, Kui Samaj Samanwaya Samiti has demanded
action against persons who availed benefits meant for tribals
with fake certificates, restoration of tribal land from
non-tribals and withdrawal of cases registered against tribals
during the 2008 Kandhamal riots.
"Even though we repeatedly sought fulfillment of our
demands, the government is dillydallying on the issue. We can`t
tolerate it any more. We will be forced to restart our
agitation," Samiti General Secretary Lambodar Kanhar told a
rally at Phulbani yesterday.
In 2007, the Samiti had launched an agitation, but had withdrawn it after Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik announced a special package for the development of Kandhamal.
The threat of agitation has come ahead of Christmas. Communal violence in 2008 had erupted in the aftermath of killing of senior VHP leader Laxmananda Saraswati and had
claimed 40 lives.
Kanhar, however, said that the tribals were neither
against Christians nor attacked churches.
"But hundreds of tribals were booked in false cases during the riots," he said and demanded immediate withdrawal of the cases against them.