Odisha civil society condemns custodial "torture" of forest rights activist

Several civil rights groups and activists have come together to condemn "illegal detention and custodial torture" of Dadhi Kadraka, forest rights activist of the Niyamgiri Surakshya Samiti (NSS), by the Rayagada Police, Odisha. They have also condemned the threat being issued to Lingaraj Azad by the Superintendent of Police of Kalahandi District in order to force him not to organize any meeting and protest in the locality and suppress him to postpone the proposed rally against police brutality for October 23 at the district headquarters.
In a joint civil society statement, they have described such incidents as attack on democratic rights of people as well as state-sponsored attack on dissent, and in the interesst of corporate giant Vedanta. "On October 6, the police picked up Kadraka from his village without any warrant and severely tortured him for four days and left him in a nearby police station on October 10. He is incapable to walk", the statement said.
Those who have issued the statement include Prafulla Samantara of the National Alliance of People's Movements (NAPM), advocate Biswapriya Kanungo and Narendra Mohanty of the Campaign Against Fabricated Cases (CAFC), Radhakanta Sethi of the All India People’s Forum (AIPF), Pramodini Pradhan of the People's Union for Civil Liberty (PUCL) , advocate Bansidhar Das of the Committee for Release of Political Prisoners, Gopinath Majhi of the Campaign for Survival and Signity (CSD), Odisha, Balabhadra Mallick of the Banabasi Surakshya Parisada, Kandhamal, Satish Mishra of Insaf, among others.

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