Keonjhar: On a day when the district administration was razing the construction and boundary walls on government land allegedly encroached by him, Champua MLA Santana Mahakud was the talk of the town on Friday for an altogether different reason. The elaborate arrangements, complete with air coolers and fans, he had put in place inside his den to keep his large flock of cattle and foreign breed dogs cool in the scorching summer, caused considerable amusement among onlookers.
Mahakud had more than 20 costly foreign breed dogs at the kennel inside the premises whereas goats and cows were kept at sheds fitted with coolers and fans.
Acting on the directive of the Orissa High Court, the district administration began demolition of constructions raised by Mahakud on five acres of encroached land at Uchabali mouza under Barbil tehsil in Keonjhar district this morning in the presence of the additional district magistrate (ADM) and sub-collector.
Twenty five platoons of forces were deployed at the spot in apprehension of a possible law and order situation. Prohibitory orders under section 144 of CrPC were also clamped within a 500-metre radius of the place.
The independent legislator refused to make any comment on the demolition. “I have nothing to say. People of Keonjhar are with me. They will reply in the coming days,” Mahakud said.