Section 144 imposed in N’patna

Bhubaneswar: Keeping in view public gatherings and several functions for the commemoration of November 2009 police firing victims, Section 144 of CrPC was on Sunday imposed in Narayanpatna block of Koraput district, about 500 km from here.

According to sources, curbs have also been imposed on proposed rally announced by tribal outfit Chasi Mulia Adivasi Sangha (CMAS) which asked permission for a rally and public meeting at Podapadar.

The district administration however did not grant permission apprehending tension and violence in the area.

“Restrictions under Section 144 have been imposed to prevent escalation of tension,” said a senior police official on condition of anonymity.

Besides, the Saturday seizure of seven claymore mines and tiffin bombs from the Mankidi and Arlikata jungles during a combing operation by BSF jawans has left security personnel on tenterhooks.

On November 19, 2009 violence erupted in the tribal-dominated panchayat following police firing in the area the left two CMAS activists dead and several others injured. According to officials, police had to open fire “in self-defence” after the nearly 300 agitators turned violent and attacked the police station to loot the weapons.

The activists were protesting against frequent police patrolling and withdrawal of CRPF from the area.