Family shunned by panchayat for objecting to cow grazing in his field in Odisha’s Balangir

A family was ostracised by a village panchayat in Odisha’s Balangir district for objecting to cow grazing in their farms by a neighbour’s cow.

Jubak Kanda has filed a case against a few people in the village for passing the boycott order (Photo: India Today)

A farmer and his family had to face ostracisation in Odisha’s Balangir district after he objected to his neighbour’s cow grazing in his field. The unfortunate incident was reported from Banharpalli in Balangir district of Odisha.

In a complaint with the Sadar police in Balangir, a member of the family alleged that he and his family have been ostracised ever since he complained about his neighbour’s cow devouring his crops. The complainant, Jubak Kanda, said the incident happened on October 11.

A cow, owned by Radhakanta Pradhan of the village, allegedly strayed into Jubak Kanda’s farms and damaged long beans cultivated by the family. When the complainant objected to it, an argument broke out between the cow owner, Radhakanta Pradhan, and one of Jubak Kanda’s kin.

Later that same day, a diktat was passed around by a village court, asking villagers to boycott the family. Locals were warned that if anyone is found interacting with the family or buying from their ration shop, they will have to face a penalty of Rs 10,000.

As a result, locals stopped buying from the family ration shop. Even labourers did not show up at the family farm when called upon. The complainant has named Radhakanta Pradhan, Subhash Pradhan, Fakira Pradhan and Deepak Pradhan for passing the boycott order.

“As nobody from our village is coming to my brother’s [ration] shop, it has affected my family’s livelihood. My family members are not allowed to enter the village playground. Fearing a penalty, people are also refusing to work on our farmland,” the complainant, Jubak Kanda, stated in the FIR.

(Inputs from Radhakrishna from Balangir)

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Five Maoists killed in encounter in Odisha’s Kalahandi

The exchange of fire started around 11 am on Wednesday and lasted for about half an hour

Bhubaneswar: Two security personnel lost their lives in the gunfight with Maoists in Odisha’s Kalahandi district, police said on Thursday.

Five Maoists were also killed in the exchange of fire that took place in the Bhandarangi Sirki forest area on the Kalahandi-Kandhamal border on Wednesday, they said.


The two personnel of the Odisha Police’s Special Operation Group (SOG) who lost their lives are Sudhir Kumar Tudu (28) of Mayurbhanj district and Debasis Sethy (27) of Angul district, an officer said.

While one of them was injured and later succumbed to the injuries at a hospital, the other person’s body was found by the forces during combing operations, he said.

Among the Maoists killed in the operation were four women, he said.

They belonged to the Bansadhara-Ghumsar-Nagabali division of the banned CPI(Maoist), the officer said.

Six weapons were recovered from the encounter site, according to Kalahandi’s Superintendent of Police B Gangadhar.


Acting on an intelligence input, the SOG along with the Kalahandi District Voluntary Force (DVF) launched the operation on Tuesday, another official said.

Two composite teams of the SOG and DVF were part of the operation, he said.

The exchange of fire started around 11 am on Wednesday and lasted for about half an hour, he added.

In a similar operation, five Maoists, including tw o women, were gunned down by the security forces in the Sirla Reserve Forest area in Kandhamal district on July 5. Two more rebels were killed in the same area on July 23, police said.

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