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Govt gears up to lift road blockade in Kalinga Nagar

Govt gears up to lift road blockade in Kalinga Nagar

Bhubaneswar/Jajpur: In response to the Friday’s order of the Orissa High Court that has asked the state government to take immediate step to lift the ongoing road blockade on the Daitari-Bansapani Express Highway at Kalinga Nagar, the state government has decided to sincerely abide by the court’s order.

A meeting to this effect was held at the State Secretariat in Bhubaneswar on Thursday presided over by chief secretary Ajit Kumar Tripathy.The meeting decided in principle that if the Jajpur district administration fails in its effort to lift the blockade, then the state government would step up forcible measures to comply with the court’s order by asking the State Police to gear up for necessary action.

Among others, director general of police (DGP) Amarananda Patnaik, Jajpur collector Arabinda Padhi, DIG (Central range) S K Upadhyaya, Jajpur SP Asit Panigrahi and other senior officials of Jajpur district were present.In the meanwhile, the Jajpur district administration began talks with the members of the Visthapan Virodhi Janmanch at Kalinga Nagar in Jajpur on Thursday.

A six-member delegation of the Manch, led by Nati Angarai, called on the district collector after receiving an invitation from the latter.The Manch has been spearheading the road blockade for the past one year in protest against the death of 13 tribals in the police firing on January 2 last year.

The Manch members told the collector that they wound intimate the date and venue of the talks over the High Court's directive soon after the Makar Sankranti festival.

The order of the High Court has came in response to a writ petition filed by one Chambara Soy of Kalinga Nagar, who demanded a compensation of Rs 10 lakh from the state government following the death of his 14-year-old son due to delay in treatment caused by the road blockade in May last year.The court had directed the state government to pay an interim compensation of Rs 10,000 to Soy in September last.


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posted by Bimal 13.1.07,


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