(New Democracy News)
A strong opponent of Vedanta’s mining of Niyamgiri hills, tribal leader of Rayagada district and Muniguda block president of Lok Sangram Manch (LSM) Com. Haribandhu Kadraka was arrested on 19th October on trumped up charges. This arrest is part of a sinister design to remove and intimidate opponents of mining in Niyamgiri to favour Vedanta. Naveen Patnaik, whose govt. had openly backed this project and has been the main promoter of illegal mining in Odisha as demonstrated by MB Shah Commission report and now bolstered by another supporter of Vedanta, Narendra Modi in power at the Centre, is out to crush the movement against illegal mining.
On 19th October Com. Haribandhu Kadraka was called by inspector-in-charge of local police station that the SP wants to meet him. After reaching the police station in the afternoon he was told that SP is waiting at the nearby Bissum Cuttack police station and pursued him to go there. Haribandhu after reaching Bissum Cuttack did not find the SP there but was forced to board in a bolero by armed police present there and subsequently he was taken to the district police headquarters at Rayagada. There he was leveled false allegations and the SP, SDPO and other police officers present there abused him in filthy language.… Read More