Ramakanta Biswas

Koraput: A fresh dispute over territory has erupted in Koraput district after an information board put up by the administrative officials of Odisha government was reportedly demolished by the residents of Andhra Pradesh in the bordering areas.

The dispute was reported near Sunabeda village under Potangi block of Koraput district along the Odisha-Andhra Pradesh border.

According to sources, officials of the Andhra Pradesh government had recently entered Odisha’s territory and demarcated land before putting up an information board. Following the receipt of the information, the Koraput district administration had removed the board and placed it at its previous position.

However, the move did not go down well with the residents of an Andhra residing in the vicinity of the board. They removed the information board and also protested against Odisha. The residents threatened not to tolerate if efforts were made to enter Andhra’s territory clandestinely.

Meanwhile, Koraput Collector Madhusudan Mishra said the issue will be resolved amicably by convening a meeting of district-level officials from both states.

“We have sought a detailed report from the sub-collector regarding the removal of the board by the Andhra village. After the report is submitted, we will seek consent from local Tehsil of the neighbouring state and carry out a joint exercise to resolve the issue amicably,” said Mishra.