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Sit-ups:  Tribals gherao DM office, seek Patnagarh MLA arrested

Bhubaneswar: Tension ran high at Bolangir district Collector’s office area as a large number of tribals gheraoed the office and were engaged in a scuffle with police there.

The tribals under the banner of “Adivasi Sangh” gheraoed the DM office in protest against Patnagarh MLA’s misbehaviour to a junior engineer. MLA Saroj Meher had asked the engineers to do sit-ups in the public as a punishment for negligence in duty about a week ago.

During agitation, Adivasis scuffled with police as they were stopped by the latter from entering into the DM office forcibly. The agitators insisted that the MLA be arrested soon as he has disrespected the constitution by taking law into hand. They also threatened to intensify the stir at State-level if their demand is not met soon.

Adequate numbers of police personnel have been deployed there to ensure that tension does not escalate further.

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