Police a scourge: State Silent!

We have received the following information from Rabi Pradhan, which in our view deserves serious attention of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik. This report confronts him with how in his regime, the Police has become the scourge. We will welcome his response. Below is reproduction of what Mr. Pradhan has posted in http://cgnetswara.org and preferred us to share:

Police took my brother 18 months back, We suspect they killed him, Pls help…

Rabi Pradhan is talking to Mahesh Samrath from Naranguda village under Tandki Panchayat, Korukonda block Dist.Malkangiri, Orissa, who says police picked his brother in April 2013 and he has not returned home since. The person who was picked with him tells that his brother Tularam was killed by police.

Here hear the audio.

He appeals to Human Rights defenders to help them by giving a call collector@9437030223, SP@9438035100 to tell them about his brother. Rabi@ 8895541417
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Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

It is a matter of deep distress that the State Government has not been able to extricate Malkangiri Collector R.Vineel Krishna and Kudu-mulu-gumma Block J.E. Pabitra Majhi from abduction even though the deadline fixed and extended by “suspected Maoists”, has passed away.

If the abduction is not a drama, (to divert public attention, as alleged first by BJP, from slow-poisoning of the school going children and pregnant women through contaminated split-pulses fed to them by the government) but is real, the government servants should learn their lesson from this sordid event.

They know that the Maoists would not have gained any ground if administration could have saved the people from exploitation and poverty.

Because of pro-profiteer political economy that the government is engaged in, middlemen and swindlers of public money have mushroomed in every nook and corner of the State and the landless workers and marginal farmers who constitute the majority of the citizenry are perishing below the poverty-line, when welfare funds are being hijacked by suppliers and contractors in nexus with politicians in power and executives in the field.

In a society, in every age, when most tortured people grow pusillanimous, the conscious ones, notwithstanding how small in strength are they, take up the cause of the oppressed majority and emerge as the voice of the voiceless. Exploiters take them as their class enemies and use every harsh method to suppress them. This gives birth to political militancy. Maoists are militant voice of the voiceless people. Hence the exploitive state sees Maoists in every signature of protest against oppression and exploitation.

But, though this wrong is programed by pro-rich political packs in power, some of the government servants mindlessly perpetrate it against innocent Indians who want end of perpetual exploitation.

In different parts of Orissa the general public has been protesting against false linking of ignorant people, particularly tribals, to Maoists activism and harassing them by arbitrary arrests, by fabricated criminal cases, by annihilation through fake encounters etc, etc. It is so true that no official functionary has yet denied the allegations.

No doubt, torturing ignorant people in the name of tackling Maoist violence is illegal. These illegalities are executed by government servants eager to please political bosses. This is destroying the faith of the people in the government servants.

Might be, Vineel Krishna is a dynamic officer with commitment to welfare programs as the government of Orissa is claiming and as the protest rallies led presently by top bureaucrats in places under their respective jurisdictions are projecting.

But generally the government servants are viewed as swindlers of public money and stooges of the exploiters.

All over the state, welfare funds are looted by profit-fetchers and middlemen in nexus with officers and patronized by politicians in power.

Even peons and watchmen under this government have become men of millions as occasional vigilance raids have unveiled.

As the number of suicide by farmers and selling of babies by mothers is rising, so also the number of billionaires in Orissa.

This contradiction is caused by government servants’ total apathy to wretchedly poor people on one hand and on the other, complete surrender to political bosses.

They ought to know that the people pay for their salaries and pension because thereby they are given the strength and stability to stay free from political influence, which, even the constitution makers were afraid, would be illicit and corrupt.

They ought to know that indigenous people have more right on their soil and water and on their living environment than the industrialists coming from outside.

They ought to understand that politicians in power by inheritance or machinations, mostly commission agents, occupied in political economy of capitalism, would always try to keep the common man intimidated by State-power so that they cannot dare to raise their protests against displacement as and when industry and commerce would need their land and living environment.

They ought to know that tolerance has a limit as fear for State-power has a termination point.

If abduction of Malkangiri Collector is not a drama but a reality, its reason should be studied in this light. Government servants should better try to learn the lesson from this event.

The development we are watching since the alleged abduction of Malkangiri Collector is that a tremendous truce has surprisingly been arrived at amongst the three bitter political rivals in Orissa: the BJD, the Congress and the BJP. They are one in castigating the maoists for the abduction even though the news of abduction by Maoists is based entirely on unverified allegations.

Active leftists were described as left-viruses by Prime Minister Man Mohan Singh. This being the mindset of their high command, it was essential for Orissa congress leaders to be one with Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik in his game against the Maoists, which is why, perhaps, the truce has developed.

BJP is by birth anti-Maoists. Hence, when, officers were seen busy in organizing and leading rallies against Maoists under guise of sympathy for the abducted employees, there was no reason for BJP to stay away, even though it was the party that had alleged that the abduction was a drama conceived and enacted by the CM and his team to divert public attention from the serious crime of feeding more than a crore of school-going children and pregnant women with poisoned split pulses.

Thus, it is clear that the Collector’s alleged abduction is being politically used by the state government against Maoists in who it was seeing the greatest obstacle to displacement for industry and to swindling of welfare funds.

It is better for government servants to stay away from this political game. People are paying for their salaries and they should work for the people.

Even as we condemn every attempt to subject anybody to any brute force and sincerely wish Sri Vineel Krishna and Sri Maji safe extrication from the clutch of their abductors, we feel, by organizing and leading subordinate staff and primary school students and their teachers in street demonstrations against Maoists in the guise of voice for release of the abducted officers, the district / sub-division / tahsil / block level heads of administration have given the message that they belong to a class that stands for anarchy, not for removal of contradiction the alleged abduction attracts attention to.

History has Egypt to show as the latest instance of what happens to misusers of power.

Government servants should take note of it and desist from dancing to the tune of politicians in power, if they are honest and not in nexus with swindlers of public exchequer.


Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

Might be, Malkangiri Collector Sri R. Vineel Krishna, IAS and the Junior Engineer of Kudu-mulu-gumma Block Sri Pabitra Majhi have been abducted by suspected Maoists. But Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik’s credibility has fallen so low that people fear, this is a drama deliberately being enacted to divert public attention from the pulse scandal, which, besides being a multi-crore rupees scam, has endangered more than a crore of school going children and pregnant women of Orissa because of the slow-poisoning effect of the fungus infested and khesari adulterated Harad dali fed to them under the Midday Meal and Supplementary Nutrition Programs.

The news of this abduction, in fact, has shifted Opposition’s emphasis from the pulse havoc to safety of officials in the field.

Leader of Opposition, Bhupinder Singh has said that their protest over the abduction of the two officials should not be construed as political. The Opposition is deeply worried that due to reduction of administration to anarchy, a Collector-cum-District Magistrate has been hijacked along with a JE. The second largest party in the Opposition – BJP -has, however, alleged that the abduction is a drama created by the Chief Minister and his coteries to divert public attention from the dal scam that has, besides loot of the treasury, endangered more than a crore of human beings,

The situation is so grave that the Assembly proceedings obstructed over the issue beyond management, speaker had to adjourn the House even though the Opposition stance had made the the CM read out a statement making “a sincere appeal for the release of the Collector and the Junior Engineer”.

“As per information received last night, Shri R.Vineel Krishna, IAS, Collector, Malkangiri had gone to Badapada to attend a Jana Samparka Shibira in the cut off area of Balimela reservoir on the 16th February, 2011. From Badapada, he had gone on motor cycle towards Janatapai to inspect some development work. Suspected Maoists have abducted him along with junior engineer Shri Pabitra Majhi of Kudu-mulu-gula Block. A written message has been received through another JE conveying the following demands:
1, All tribal Maoists should be released immediately within 48 hours and 2, no combing operations should be conducted either by Orissa Police or Andhra Pradesh Police. We are constantly monitoring the matter”.

But in this statement to the Assembly the CM seems to have erred. As transpired later, the suspected Maoists have not demanded that “tribal maoists” be released, but have demanded that “innocent tribals taken to custody as Maoists” be immediately released.
There is a vast difference between “tribal Maoists” and “innocent tribals taken to custody as Maoists”.

In the name of controlling Maoist uprising, a systematic attempt is in full speed to subject the highland tribals to horrifying State terror by arresting, torturing and killing by way of encounter, presumably to frighten them so much that they cannot dare to oppose their displacement as and when the soil they live in would be needed for mining or industry.

The conspiracy is so vast that in different districts people are protesting against false branding of apolitical innocent persons as Maoists and fake encounters and arrests perpetrated against them by the police. Protest of the inhabitants of Katama in the district of Gajapati is an instance. In this context, kidnapping of the Malkangiri Collector may be not by Maoists for release of “tribal Maoists”; but may be by tribals or any other sympathetic to them for release of ‘tribals under custody as Maoists’.

The State government has reacted to the abductors’ demand by issuing an order to “stop combing operations till further orders” and by openly requesting Swamy Agnivesh to mediate in the matter. “If requested in writing by the CM, i will mediate, as otherwise it shall carry no meaning”, Agnivesh has told the Press.

If anything, the Malkangiri episode is an instance of anarchy that has engulfed Orissa in the present phase of misrule.