Lower Suktel agitation: Police detain 150 people

Bolangir: Police on Monday detained about 150 people including about 50 women on charge of obstructing construction of the Lower Suktel Project in Bolangir district, official sources said.

The agitating people under the banner of Lower Suktel Budi Anchal Sangram Parishad had been opposing construction of the irrigation project demanding more compensation.

The Magurbeda-Pardhiapali road was obstructed by the people for last two days and they didn’t allow the workers to move towards the dam site so that the work was stopped.

However, the construction started today as the police removed the demonstrators.

The Sub-Divisional Police Officer (SDPO) Sadar, Narayan Naik went to the spot and removed the demonstrators from the place.

The Parishad members alleged that the behaviour of the Balangir district administration is undemocratic. How can the government start construction without making payment of compensation.

Talking to reporters Satya Banchor, the secretary of the parishad said that more than 100 workers will sit in front of the assembly and will protest the undemocratic action of the government.