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Odishatv Bureau

Nabarangpur: Demanding immediate release of former MP Pradip Majhi from Umerkote sub jail, some Congress activists pelted eggs at the residence of the district collector during the 12-hour Nabarangpur bandh today.

Police has detained two Congress workers in this connection.

Vehicular traffic came to a grinding halt while all trading establishments remained closed in Nabarangpur town during the bandh. A similar situation was also noticed in Umerkote in the district where Congress workers blocked roads.

Notably, Police had arrested Majhj and 16 Congress activists on June 25 and forwarded them to a court for allegedly ransacking the Raighara range office and beating up forest and police personnel.

The Congress activists allegedly entered the range office forceibly and caused heavy damage to it before beating up Ranger Kumar Khara and Raighara ASI Bulu Patnaik.

They were staging a demonstration demanding immediate allotment of forest land patta to the tribals and conduct of a fresh survey to identify eligible poor beneficiaries of ration cards.

Meanwhile, the health condition of Majhi and five Congress workers in Umerkote sub jail deteriorated today.

Dr Sadasiv Tripathy informed that Majhi is suffering from acute chest pain while his blood pressure has dipped alarmingly.

“Majhi and the five Congressmen are on a hunger strike in the jail since June 26. If they do not accept food, their condition would turn critical,” Tripathy told media persons outside the jail after giving preliminary treatment to Majhi and his party workers.

Concerned over their health condition, the jail authorities later admitted two Congress workers to the district headquarters hospital this afternoon.

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