PARADIP:Postal services, which were stopped in three villages under Dhinkia panchayat of Jagatsinghpur district due to anti-Posco movement for the last eight years, have started operation recently.
Sources said the lone post office in the panchayat which caters to Dhinkia, Trilochanpur and Gobindpur villages was forcibly closed by anti-Posco activists in December 2007 following suspension of former post master Babaji Charan Samantray who was a supporter of Posco Pratirodha Sangram Samiti (PPSS). He was placed under suspension in December 2007 for his alleged involvement in anti-Posco movement. Even the villagers stopped the new appointee from taking charge.
Later, the locals were advised to collect mail from the Kujang sub-divisional post office, about 20 kms from Dhinkia on production of identity proof.
Villagers led by Sarpanch Salila Nayak had requested the higher authorities of postal department to resume the services after normalcy was restored in the panchayat.
Inspector of Kujang sub-divisional post office Divyasingh Tripathy said considering the demands of locals, postal department has resumed the services in Dhinkia in presence of pro and anti Posco people.