By Prafulla Kumar Das in Bhubaneswar :
The National Human Rights Commission has directed Government of Odisha to rehabilitate seven tribal families living a very difficult life in Special Operation Group(SOG) Camp in Chandaka near Bhubaneswar. Acting on a complaint of Human Rights Activist Akhand, the commission has asked to the Chief secretary to act within eight weeks.
Last year December, Akhand alleged before the commission that seven tribal families in the premises of SOG of Odisha police at
Tulasideipur training camp, are facing many restriction due to security measures. The state Government had set up the SOG in 2004 and allotted 62 acres land at Tulasideipur village for their training. At the time of land accusation, house of the seven tribal families remains in the limits of the said camp.
Due to strict twenty-four hour security arrangement in the camp, the family members are not free to go outside for their works. Especially in the evening onwards the movement from their home is not possible, said Akhand.
The Commission had taken cognizance and directed to issue a notice to the state authority, calling for a report in the matter. Pursuant to the directions of the Commission, the IG of Police(Operations) reported the Commission that, the seven families, who were earlier residing within the allotted land, still continue to reside inside the boundary of the SOG. The Khorda District Administration has been moved to shift these families at nearest alternate location, with
rehabilitation facilities, they may be entitled to as per laws and rules. The report concedes the restricted movement of the members of these families because of strict round the clock security arrangements in the campus, due to naxalites menace. However, the report claims that freedom for reasonable movement of these families is not restricted.
The Commission has also sought a comment from the petitioner on the report of authority. The complainant has sent his comments pointing out that admittedly these seven families are living inside the camp and have difficulties in their daily life due to strict security reasons. He has requested for an earlier rehabilitation by the Government.
Having considered the reports, the Commission notes that “the seven families should be rehabilitated as soon as possible because they are facing difficulties since long. From report of the IG(Operations), it appears that the District Administration was intimated as early as in the year, 2011, but no action has been taken so far.”
“The State Government should take prompt necessary action in this regard. Let the Chief Secretary, Government of Odisha be asked to look into the matter and send within eight weeks a report on rehabilitation of the seven families residing in the premises of the SOG at Tulasideipur near Bhubaneshwar”, said the commission in his order.