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Maoists are trying to re-organise and regain their lost ground in the district, said Sambalpur SP Prateek Mohanty on Thursday.
Briefing mediapersons about the exchange of fire that took place on Wednesday, Mohanty said there were 30 to 35 Maoists in the group including eight to 10 female cadres.
The exchange of fire took place in Landakot reserve forest under Rairakhol police limits of the district and police had specific information about their movement.
The SP said the Maoists opened fire first and police retaliated in which 130 rounds of bullets were fired and grenades used. As the exchange of fire could have left some Maoists injured, a joint operation by police and CRPF was underway to trace the injured. He added that all the cadres were armed with weapons like AK, INSAS and SLR.
The seizure included garments, utensils, medicines, uniforms, Maoist literature, groceries, ammunition bags besides other items.
Sources said Maoists are trying to push hard their plan of developing a corridor which would unite the banned Left ultras from Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh.
The movement is believed to be a part of the plan. According to reports, Maoists have set aside Sundargarh district from their original Sundargarh-Deogarh-Sambalpur Divisional Committee and included Sonepur district. Hadrcore Maoist leader and secretary of Dakshin Chhotanagpur Zonal Committee Samarji alias Anmol Hembram is believed to be coordinating the activities.
Maoists from across the border on both sides are planning to make Gandhamardan hill range in Bargarh district a hopping point before converging in Sunabeda wildlife sanctuary in Nuapada district.
They are planning to replicate their model of guerilla warfare and training camp in Sunabeda with security forces out against them in Saranda forest in Jharkhand bordering Odisha.
About 900 villagers of Dhingiamunda in Nuapada district have threatened to refrain from voting in the coming Lok Sabha and assembly polls if drinking water does not reach their village by March 21.
The villagers on Thursday met district collector Jaya Kumar V and put forth their grievances. “We have taken a unanimous decision not to cast our votes for both LS and assembly polls. For the last one decade, we have been demanding drinking water supply to the village but no one paid any heed,” said Bhabani Shankar Kata, a villager. He further said if their demands were not fulfilled, two villagers would end their lives in front of the collector’s office at Nuapada.
In a letter to the collector, the villagers said piped water could be supplied to Charpali, Gibhimunda and Hatibandha villages from Gidhmal river. “We also want the village pond to be renovated. The administration should also construct a check dam at Dabrinala, which will help in irrigation,” a villager said.
The collector said the government would take steps to fulfill the demands of the villagers at the earliest. “The villagers have submitted a memorandum wherein they have mentioned their demands. I will personally convince the villagers not to boycott the polls,” Kumar added.
With all the five blocks of the district being Maoist-hit, the district administration would anyway be on its toes to manage the polls.
The third day of agitation by the lawyers of Sambalpur Bar Association saw students of GM College boycott classes and close down the college over the High Court bench demand.
They staged demonstration outside the college shouting slogans against the State Government. Offices and courts remained closed while relay hunger strike launched by the lawyers with support from different political parties continued. Similar reports were received from Deogarh, Jharsuguda and Bargarh.
At Nuapada, lawyers on Thursday decided to join the agitation of the HC bench. The decision was taken at a meeting held here. It was attended by Nuapada BJD MLA Rajendra Dholokia, BJD district president Prasanna Padhi, District Congress Committee president Saroj Sahu and district BJP president Ashok Mitra, besides members of the Bar Association. It was also decided that all State Government offices and courts will be closed from Friday.
It meeting decided to lock up offices of Khariar NAC and Khariar Road NAC to prevent filing of nomination for ULB polls. The political parties agreed to withdraw nominations if those were filed till date.
Sunita Bag of Congress was declared elected to the post of Chairperson of Attabira NAC unopposed here on Saturday. The post was reserved for SC (woman) candidate and the announcement was made by Bargarh Sub-Collector who was officiating as the election officer.
Although the Congress had the option to field Bilasini Naik of the party who won from ward-9, reserved for SC, it settled for Sunita.
A resident of Bhalupali under ward-3 of Attabira NAC, Sunita said her priority is to work with all the 11 councillors for development of the NAC. She has completed Plus Two and is married to Phagnu Bag, a salesman of a medicine store. She said provision of drinking water, road connectivity, sanitation and street lights would be her thrust areas.
A first timer in electoral politics, Sunita attributed her success to her mentor and Attabira MLA Nihar Mahanand and people of her ward. Her supporters and Congress workers celebrated her victory soon after the results were announced.
Nuapada: Sudeshana Suraj (26) of Congress was elected the first Chairperson of the Nuapada NAC. Although the post was reserved for ST (woman) and another Congress nominee Lileswari Majhi had won from ward-8 reserved for ST (woman), the Congress leadership led by Kalahandi MP Bhakta Charan Das opted for Suraj who had won from ward-1.
For her, providing basic amenities to people is the top priority.
The Congress had won in seven of the 14 wards under the Nuapada NAC and BJD had to be satisfied with just four wards.
Dhenkanal: Sulochana Behera was declared Hindol NAC Chairperson uncontested. She was elected as Congress candidate from ward-5.
In the NAC election, Congress bagged seven seats while BJD got two, BJP one and Independents won six seats. Congress sources said all Independent candidates extended their support to Sulochana in election to the Chairman post on Saturday. District Congress Committee president NCN Das was present.
Attabira is gearing up for its first NAC election scheduled to be held on April 3 with filing of nomination papers coming to an end on Friday. The counting of votes will be held on April 5. The new NAC has 11,700 voters.
The election will be an acid test for the sitting Attabira MLA Nihar Mahanad ahead of 2014 general elections. Pyarimohan Mohapatra led OJM, which is yet to officially declare its political wing, is extending tacit support to seven Independent candidates, sources said.
As many as 62 candidates have filed their nomination papers for the total 12 wards under the NAC. While the Congress, BJP and BJD have fielded candidates in all the wards, the BSP has put up candidates in seven wards and 19 Independent candidates have filed nominations.
Reports said ward Nos 8, 11 and 12 are open for general candidates while ward Nos 2 and 4 are reserved for OBC candidates, Ward No 7 is for woman candidate, Ward Nos 1 and 5 are for OBC (woman) candidate, Ward Nos 6, 9 and 10 are for Scheduled Caste (SC) and ward No 3 is reserved for SC (woman) candidate.
In Nuapada, which will also experience its first NAC polls to be held on the same date, 73 candidates have filed nominations for 14 councillor posts.
The Congress, BJP and BJD have fielded candidates in all the wards. Though the BJD has 18 candidates, four of them are likely to withdraw.
Apart from the major political parties, the BSP is staking claim on three wards, SP in one while 23 Independent candidates have filed their nominations.
Four wards are unreserved, three are for OBC and one each for woman, OBC (woman), SC, SC (woman), ST and ST (woman).
However, a clear picture will emerge only after the scrutiny of nomination papers slated for March 18 and withdrawal of nominations on March 21 are over.