Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

The Andhra Pradesh government has allegedly added fuel to the ongoing border dispute with Odisha by making another intrusion attempt into the disputed region.

In yet another brazen display of intrusion, officials of the neighbouring state reportedly conducted a mega public relations camp at Neredibalsa village under Kotia Gram Panchayat on Tuesday.

As per reports, umbrellas, ration, volleyball kits were distributed among the people of the region in the public relations camp organised under the chairmanship of Additional SP of Manyam district. Moreover, medicines were also distributed following health checkups of more than 300 persons. The programme was conducted under the supervision of Salur police.

Though Andhra officials conducted the programme and organised volleyball matches for the whole day, no officials from Odisha were present there.

No comments from Koraput administrative officials could be obtained in this regard.

As per sources, Andhra Pradesh government is trying to woo people with development schemes in view of the upcoming General Elections. Meanwhile, the lack of obstruction on the part of the Koraput administration has reportedly made it easier for the neighbouring state to repeatedly intrude into the region.

Notably, Odisha and Andhra Pradesh have been locked in a bitter battle over territorial control of 21 of the 28 revenue villages in Kotia Gram Panchayat.

Though the Supreme Court has passed an order directing that the status quo be maintained between the parties, the Andhra Pradesh govt has been accused of entering the border areas frequently and wooing the local people.