STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE
Baripada, 23 October
The tall clams of the state government on prompt and efficient post-flood relief operation fell flat even as the agitation of villagers aggrieved with poor relief operation here entered its fourth day today, with road blockades being staged at at least two places.
As per reports, more than 200 people, including women and children, staged a blockade on Barasahi-Baisinga road at Manitri today. They had protested the officials’ callousness yesterday too while burning tyres and raising slogans. Irked over the delay in relief materials, they had also shut down educational institutions and business establishments even as functioning of government offices, including banks, was affected.
Another section of aggrieved flood-affected villagers in Bireswarpur had locked the local panchayat office while staging a blockade on Barasahi-Dokra road at Badyapur village. Another road blockade stir at Balichilima chhak also disrupted communication between Barasahi and Kuamara. Sources said that the protest stirs have turned out to be violent in several places with agitators resorting to stone-pelting and attempting to abuse the government officials.
“We are yet to get relief materials even so many days after flood hit our locality. The government had announced cooked food, cash for dal, tarpaulin and other things and promised that they would be disbursed within 48 hours. We decided to lay siege to the office to air our grievances,” said Purnachandrapur village resident Mr Sarbaswar Marandi.