Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Social activist holds fast unto death in Balangir

Bhubaneswar Social activist holds fast unto death in Balangir
WEDNESDAY, 09 MAY 2012 22:27
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Demanding action against the corrupt officials involved in the construction of the Kandhen streamlet check dam in Jarasingha village, social activist Gopanbdandh Chhatria, along with family members, has been sitting on a fast unto death at the district Collectorate since May 8.
“For last four years, I have been raising the issue of corruption in the check dam construction and demanding action against the venal officials but to no avail. Rather, I have had to face harassment at the hand of the district administration and police. I have been arrested and sent to jail for staging a dharna and attempting self-immolation earlier. However, this time I am determined to sit on the indefinite fast till my demands are fulfilled,” said Gopabandhu, who also demanded construction of a new check dam in Kandhen streamlet, adequate compensation for construction of the dam in private land and to the farmers who suffered a lot due to faulty construction of the dam earlier.
“I have written to the vigilance for a detailed inquiry,” District Collector SN Dey said.

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