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Cyclone Phailin: Villagers block CM’s convoy


Bramhapur, Oct 14: Villagers on Monday blocked the official convoy of chief minister Naveen Patnaik who was on a visit to coastal areas of cyclone-hit Odisha to oversee relief work.
The incident took place in Agastinuagaon village where close to 50 people blocked the chief minister’s route by putting wooden logs and uprooted trees besides stopping 10 other official vehicles, including that of the DIG of Gangjam range, to prevent them from proceeding further.
However, five vehicles including that of Patnaik managed to come out and proceeded further.
The locals were angry as Patnaik’s official convoy didn’t make a stop at the multi-purpose cyclone (relief) centre in this village.
“I understand their grievances and concerns and we are trying to help them out,” Anurag Thakur, DIG Ganjam said.
The victims also claimed that there was no adequate supply of food and water in the relief centres.
The chief minister had earlier visited Bankapalli relief centre in the same district where he was greeted with angry protests by the inhabitants of the camp who demanded food and water.
Patnaik also visited Nalianuagaon before his convoy was disrupted. The chief minister is scheduled to visit other relief centres in Ganjam, Bramhapur, Gopalpur areas.
Later, Brahmapur MP Sidhant Mahapatra, who was travelling with the chief minister, came back at the protest spot to pacify the villagers and protesters.
He assured them that all the relief material would reach them soon and the chief minister would also come to meet them in the next few days.
“The people are angry because the chief minister did not stop at this place but I have assured them that he will be back,” Mahapatra said.
He, however, ruled out that Patnaik would come to the spot today as he was unwell and had a tight schedule. Patnaik later returned to Bhubhaneswar. (PTI)