Report by Akshya Rout, Jajpur: Justice P.K. Mohanty visited Kalinganagar on Saturday to conduct judiciary inquiry and to submit a report to the state government about the killing of 14 tribals who were gunned down by the police in Kalinganagar the steel hub of Jajpur district on 2nd January 2006. The retired High Court judge Justice Mohanty also visited Champakoili village where 14 tribals were shot dead by the police. He also visited district government hospital where the doctors did autopsy of all the bodies of the tribals.
In 2006, the state government appointed Justice A. S. Naidu the sitting judge of the Orissa High Court to inquiry the matter. But the probe by Justice Naidu was stalled in May 2007 following a directive from the Supreme Court to terminate all inquiry commissions headed by sitting judges of high courts.
In 2008 January , the state government appointed the retired justice R.K. Patra of Orissa High Court as an inquiry commissioner to investigate the firing incident. The Justice Patra Commission, entrusted with the residuary inquiry, had visited the spot in August 2008 and recorded the statement of tribals and the then SP and collector of Jajpur. But later, Justice Patra was appointed as Lok Pal by the government for which the state government again appointed Justice P.K. Mohanty a retired High Court judge as the commissioner.
Justice PK Mohanty had also visited Kalinganagar in last year to investigate the police firing incident on January 2, 2006. The state government appointed three inquiry commissions within six years to submit a report after conducting judiciary inquiry about the killing of 14 tribals who were gunned down by the police in Kalinganagar the steel hub of Jajpur district on 2nd January 2006. But the commission is yet to complete the inquiry.