KORAPUT: CHASI Muliya Adivasi Sangha
(CMAS) leader, Nachika Linga, who is currently lodged in Koraput Circle
Jail, began his indefinite hunger strike on Friday demanding fulfillment
of his nine-point charter of demands that he had submitted to Chief
Minister Naveen Patnaik in April this year.
CPI (Maoist) leader Cheda Bhusan alias
Ghasi and another 14 members of CMAS also joined Linka in his agitation,
supporting his demands that included speedy disposal of cases against
him. His other demands are release of CMAS supporters who were arrested
on false charges, construction of roads and canals in Bandhugaon and
Narayanpatna blocks, handing over of tribal lands occupied by
non-tribals, distribution of land to the landless, appointment of
teachers in schools and other developmental activities in the two
In April, he had submitted a memorandum
to the Chief Minister through the jail superintendent over the demands.
Following this, a meeting was convened on May 13 by DIG (South-Western) S
Shyni in presence of ADM Ekadashi Jena, SP Charan Sing Mina, Laxmipur
SDPO Hemanta Padhi, Excise Superintendent R Patra, Naryanpatna and
Bandhugaon BDOs and block chairpersons. Since his demands were not
fulfilled, he started an indefinite fast on Friday, said his lawyer,
However, Circle Jail Superintendent
Pullin Bihari Mahapatra said the office did not receive any information
about the strike from the tribal leader.