24September2018

Andaman Chronicle

The Daily Diary of the Islands

Jarawa Circus Row

Kadamtala Pradhan Sampad Kumar Roy Arrested  

Port Blair, Oct. 17: After the arrest of 5 persons from Kadamtala area, under Protection of Aboriginal Tribes Act 1956 today the A&N Police arrested the Pradhan of Kadamtala, Shri Sampad Kumar Roy in the morning hours.

According to sources, Sampad Kumar Roy was arrested at around 9.00 am u/s 109 IPC (Abetment) for being a part of the conspiracy. He was later produced before the Hon’ble Court of CJM at Mayabunder. After hearing the party, the Hon’ble Court granted Sampad an interim bail. Sources further confirm that the bail was granted on the plea that he is an elected public representative and his arrest would result in holding up of Govt. projects etc. Moreover being an elected representative, he is a responsible citizen and would not try to abscond.

On 03/10/13, 10 Jarawas had reached Kadamtala Panchayat office and demanded rice and eatables besides meeting with govt. officials. As per enquiry conducted by AAJVS authorities, some persons had gone into Jarawa habitat Hocha Botha (western coast) and stayed for 02 days for hunting. Further, they provided the Jarawas with rice, cooking oil and other eatables etc. instigated them to meet the Pradhan for food and other items.

These persons were found to be habitual intruders into the Jarawa Reserve Area and it is learnt that they used to supply alcoholic substances to Jarawas.

With the arrest of the Pradhan the number of arrest in the Jarawa Circus Row has risen to 6. The Police is further investigating in the matter, said Shri Chinmoy Biswal, IPS, SP (South Andaman) and I/c SP (N&M) while talking to Andaman Chronicle today.