Accuses police of attacking him and slapping false charges on him
STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE
Bhubaneswar, 11 November
The Aam Aadmi Party activists here petitioned the Odisha Human Rights Commission today alleging that its district convenor of Jajpur and an IITian Satyabrat Prusty was brutally assaulted by goons and also by the police yesterday.
Still worse, the police slapped false cases against Prusty including one which charged him of having attacked policemen inside the police station, decried the AAP. The party activists demanded expeditious inquiry and stern action against the culprits as well as the errant policemen. If things do not move, we will launch an agitation, said the AAP activists.
Narrating the incident, the APP said Prusty led villagers of Marthapur under the banner of Marthapur Gram Vikas Manch for equitable development. The locals were being deprived of their rights as the local politicians , police and industrialists joined hands to plunder the natural and community resources.
Prusty and the villagers had resorted to dharnas, fast and demonstrations to press for their demands.
Yesterday, the police arrested Prusty and took him to the police station following violent incidents in the village in which some anti-socials beat up a number of villagers and damaged property.
At the police station, Prusty was charged under Section 353 and alllegedly assaulted by a constable, driver and another person inside the lock up.
He was produced before the district magistrate’s court and was forwarded to judicial custody for 3 days even after he registered his formal complaint against the police atrocity, said the AAP in his petition to the OSHRC.
Marthapur is a village near the Kalinga Nagar industrial complex on the river Kharasrota. In a stretch of less than 10 kilometers, one can observe giant water intake works constructed to supply water to various industrial units that have come up in Kalinga Nagar and are under construction.
While the issue of environmental impact assessment of such concentrated massive industrialization and use of river water for such mega industries is a larger question, the ill effects of the political-contractor-corporate-administration nexus is visible in many of the villages where people are either too afraid to speak up or are being suppressed, alleged the party activists.