Koraput, April 7: The Koraput district administration has imposed prohibitory orders under Section 144 in 22 villages in Kotia from Wednesday 5 pm to 6 pm tomorrow.
The district administration has also empowered 22 officers with Magistrate power to be on duty with deployed police force.
According to reports, the decision was taken to thwart Andhra Pradesh government’s attempt to conduct Samiti and Zilla Parishad polls.
Andhra Pradesh had declared Mandal and Zilla Parishad election within Kotia group of villages that belong to Odisha. Andhra’s state election officer has issued a formal notification on April 1 in this regard.
The notification read polling would be conducted for Talaganjeipadar and Patachenuru village on April 8 and vote counting would be held on April 10.
Andhra Pradesh had conducted the first phase of election on February 13 trespassing into the Odisha territory. Opposing it, Odisha Government had filed a contempt petition in the Supreme Court. Despite this, neighbouring Andhra Pradesh has ventured into Odisha’s territorial jurisdiction.