Monday, December 31, 2007

ORISSA: Eventful for Malkangiri

Tuesday January 1 2008 08:10 IST

Deba Prasad Dash

MALKANGIRI: The year 2007 saw beginning and completion of some major development projects in Malkangiri.

The most-awaited Vijaywada-Malkangiri-Ranchi national highway project got administrative approval and long pending demands of locals for construction of a Kendriya Vidyalaya, DRDA hall and blood bank were also fulfilled.

Besides, the administration approved other development projects to be carried out in all seven blocks of the district and work for the same started.

For the district police, the year saw arrests and surrender of some of the most wanted criminals. Maoist leader Ramla Srinivas alias Sudarsan who carried a cash reward of Rs 10 lakh was nabbed by Malkangiri police in July.

He was reportedly the mastermind behind the assassination attempt on former Andhra Pradesh chief minister Chandrababu Naidu and was also involved in more than 120 criminal cases in both AP and Orissa.

Malkangiri police received a shot in the arm with the surrender of many Naxal cadres and arrest of AOB deputy commandant Lucky alias Rina, Motu dalam deputy commandant Nabeen who was also involved in Koraput armoury attack and destruction of a Maoist camp and simultaneous recovery of huge explosives.

On the flipside, some Maoist cadres were successful in looting the house of a trader Lucky Biswas at MV-72. For Judiciary, the year was eventful as the prime accused in the ‘Tanduri’ case, Rama Swamy, was awarded death sentence.

The year also saw the tragic death of 10 Koya tribals after consuming poisonous ‘salap’ in Mortelguda village under Korukonda block.

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