Black flags by Maoists amidst I-Day celebrations in Odisha

Published: 15th August 2012 03:33 PM  |   Last Updated: 16th October 2012 11:55 AM   |  A+A-

By PTI

Independence Day fervour was marred by unfurling of black flags by Maoists in some Naxal-hit areas of Odisha while the day was celebrated with gaiety elsewhere amid tight security.

Though the day was celebrated amid patriotic fervour in most parts with Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik unfurling the Tricolour in the state capital, some remote areas in Maoist-affected districts like Malkangiri, Koraput and Gajapati saw hoisting of black flags by the ultras.

Despite tight security, Maoists hoisted black flags and put up posters and banners near several schools and panchayat offices in Kalimela, Khairput, Chitrakonda and Guma areas of naxal-hit Malkangiri district where the ultras had asked people to refrain from celebrating the republic day.

Similarly, in Koraput district black flags and posters were seen in about half-a-dozen remote places of Narayanpatna and Bandhugaon areas with a call to boycott the celebrations and observe black day, sources said.

In his address at the main function on Mahatma Gandhi Road in Bhubaneswar, the chief minister announced launch of an scheme name "Mamata" for pregnant and lactating women and infants in urban areas.

The programme has already been in force since last year in rural areas of the state.

As part of efforts to spread education, bicycles would be provided free to all class ten students living below the poverty line along with the scheme already existing only for girl students, Patnaik said.

In order to ensure effective empowerment of women, 50 per cent of seats would be reserved for the fair sex in urban local bodies as already done in panchayati raj institutions, Patnaik said.

Describing welfare of tribals and dalits and saving them from exploitation as a priority, the chief minister listed schemes like the Rs two a kg rice for poor being implemented in the state.

Recognising agriculture as the mainstay of economy, Patnaik said one lakh deep borewells would be in place in next three years to irrigate 10 lakh hectares of land besides expanding lift irrigation facilities to benefit farmers.

Elaborate security arrangements were made in Maoist infested districts with heavy force deployment and intensive patrolling to prevent any untoward incident in view of the threat from the ultras.

The celebrations passed off peacefully with no report of violence from any part, police said.

Stay up to date on all the latest Odisha news with The New Indian Express App. Download now
(Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit 'Click to Subscribe'. Follow the instructions after that.)

Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp