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OHRC has directed the Odisha government to pay Rs 2 lakh compensation who were killed in a firing at Gumudumaha

Bhubaneswar:10/8/18; The Odisha Human Rights Commission (OHRC) has directed the Odisha government to pay Rs 2 lakh compensation each to the family members of five persons who were killed in a firing at Gumudumaha village of Kandhamal district in 2016.

The rights body also directed the state home secretary to pay Rs 50,000 compensation to those injured in the firing. The compensation amount should be released within two months from the date of the order, the commission said.

Notably, a squad of the Special Operation Group (SOG) gunned down five tribals in Gumudumaha during an anti-Maoist operation on the night of July 8, 2016. While State Police claimed that the tribals were caught in the crossfire with Maoists, the National Commission for Scheduled Tribes (NCST) claimed that it was not a crossfire.

Villagers had said they were sitting in the auto-rickshaw when the firing started all of a sudden. They shouted that they were not Maoists but the firing continued for 15 minutes, claiming the lives of five persons including three women and a child.

About Ashok Palit

Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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