Monday, August 17, 2009

Maoists hoist black flag in Sunabeda sanctuary

Express News Service First Published : 17 Aug 2009 04:30:00 AM ISTLast Updated :

NUAPADA: Maoists hoisted a black flag inside the Sunabeda Wildlife sanctuary, 70 km from here as a mark of protest against the Independence Day celebrations.

After making their presence felt in the district on June 22 when they burnt down and ransacked a forest office inside the Sunabeda Wildlife sanctuary, the Maoists reportedly hoisted a black flag at Gatibeda under Sunabeda gram panchayat yesterday. It is learnt that about 32 armed Maoists, including seven women cadres, thronged the village and hoisted the flag. They also handed over gifts to the villagers and children.

While DFO (Wildlife) Biswaranjan Rout confirmed the incident, Nuapada SP Bibek Rath said no such report had been received.

JEYPORE: Despite Maoists’ call to boycott Independence Day celebrations across this tribal district, the 63rd Independence Day was observed with much pomp and gaiety. At Jeypore, Sub-Collector D Jagannath unfurled the Tricolour at Jeypore stadium and called for communal tolerance and development of the country. He also urged people to participate in the ongoing development works of the district.

Later, the Sub-Collector distributed prizes among winners of various competitions that were organised to mark the occasion. Earlier, the Maoists had called for banning the I-Day celebrations in Koraput, Malkangiri and Rayagada districts protesting government apathy. Black flags were seen in Maoist-infested Kalimela, Podia, Bandhugam, Narayanpatna, Gunupur, Muniguda and Bissamcuttack blocks.

Though elaborate security arrangements were made to avoid untoward incident, the Maoists managed to block the Narayanpatna and Bandhugam road.

PARLAKHEMUNDI: Minister of State for Handlooms Anjali Behera hoisted the Flag and took salute at the parade in Gajapati stadium on Saturday.

Addressing the gathering, the Minister recalled the contribution of freedom fighters and elaborated on various development programmes of the BJD Government.

As many as 19 educational institutions of the district participated in the parade. The Navy and NCC troupes of the local MRBH School were adjudged winner and runner-up respectively in the parade. Prizes were distributed to the winners of various competitions on the occasion. The Minister also flagged off `Janani Express’ for the benefit of pregnant women of the rural areas.

NABARANGPUR: Minister of State for Labour and Employment Puspendra Singhdeo unfurled the Tricolour and took salute at the district level Independence Day celebrations at the District Stadium.

Addressing the gathering, Singhdeo recalled the sacrifices made by people of Nabarangpur district during the Quit India Movement in 1942. He called upon youths to follow in the footsteps of the martyrs and involve themselves in nation-building.

He said unless there was socio-economic development of every citizen, political freedom holds no significance. Students of various schools performed cultural programmes to mark the Day.

Later, Singhdeo accompanied by District Collector Roopa Mishra visited hospitals, local jail and Utkal Bal Ashram and distributed sweets to the inmates.

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