Odishatv Bureau

The slum dwellers from Salia Sahi staged a massive protest on Wednesday and marched to gherao the Odisha Assembly demanding land record rights from the Odisha government. 

The Scuffle erupted when police tried to stop hundreds of protesters in front of Biju Patnaik College near Jaydev Vihar while marching towards the Assembly, following which they sat there blocking the road.

Protest at the Biju Patanik College resulted in traffic disruption along the Jaydev Vihar-Ekamra Kanan stretch stranding many vehicles on both sides of the road.

Salia Sahi residents alleged while land record rights have already been given to other slums in the city after conducting survey under Jaga Mission, Salia Sahi have been excluded from the survey.

A woman from Salia Sahi said, “We are fighting for our rights and Odisha govt should look after our well-being.” 

Another woman alleged the police used excessive force to stop them during the march, resulting in injuries to the protesters.