Pradeep Pattanayak

Angry villagers allegedly vandalised the Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS) premises at Lunibahal under the Harbhanga block of Boudh on Saturday. 

The irate villagers reportedly laid siege to the institution over several allegations including the construction of an illegal road encroaching upon pasture land, no employment to local youths and exploitation of tribal children in the name of admission to the institution.

Hundreds of villagers including women staged a demonstration at the institution. They threatened to intensify their agitation in the coming days if their problems are not addressed. 

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“They constructed a road encroaching our pasture land. We are now facing difficulties in going to the village cremation ground. When we are admitting our children, they say they (the children) would read in Bhubaneswar which is far away and we have never been there,” said Kashinath Sethi, a Lunibahal villager. 

While no comment could be obtained from the higher authorities of KISS, a school staff pleaded ignorance. 

“Seeing the villagers marching towards the school we closed the gate and remained inside. I can’t say why they did so,” said Saroj Pradhan, KISS staff, Boudh.

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