Monday, July 21, 2008

Naveen Patnaik visits Malkangiri amid protest

Malkangiri, July 20: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had many embarrassing moments when he visited the district headquarter town of Malkangiri to take stock of the situation in the wake of the recent Maoist attack in which 17 persons were killed.

The widow of one of the policemen killed in the July 16 landmine blast was not willing to accept the cheque worth Rs 4 lakh which Patnaik paid her as ex-gratia for the death of her husband.

The Chief Minister had no answer when the woman asked what she would do with the money when her husband was no more.

Further, a large number of workers of opposition Congress raised slogans against Patnaik asking him to return to the state Capital. They showed him black flags and blamed his government for adopting wrong policies to deal with the naxal menace.

More than 30 Congress activists were taken into custody by the policemen present on the spot. They were released after Patnaik returned to Bhubaneswar.

The office-bearers of the association of the police constables of Malkangiri district also met Patnaik and presented a memorandum listing a series of demands.

During his trip to Malkangiri, Patnaik attended a high level meeting and reviewed the developmental schemes and security measures being adopted to tackle the Maoists in the district.

Talking to presspersons, Patnaik condemned the activities of the Maoists. Those trying to disturb peace will be dealt with a heavy hand, he added

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