Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Umerkote, Jun 28:

Former Congress MP from Odisha’s Nabarangpur Lok Sabha seat Pradip Majhi and five other Congress workers have taken ill inside the Umerkote Sub Jail.

Pradip Majhi agitation

Majhi and 17 other Congress workers are on an indefinite hunger strike ever since their arrest on June 26.

Condition of the former MP and five other Congressmen is stated to be critical. Two of Majhi’s supporters Munna Padhi and Khirod have been shifted to the Government Hospital here after their condition deteriorated inside the jail.

“Pradip Majhi has complained of chest pain. He is suffering from dehydration and his blood pressure has dropped. His condition will further deteriorate if he doesn’t take food immediately. Munna Tripathy’s blood pressure has gone up and that of Jatindra has dropped. Akhil Bhatra is suffering from diarrhea and his blood pressure has dropped,” said Dr. Debasish Tripathy speaking to reporters here after his visit to the jail to check the health condition of Majhi and his supporters.

Earlier on Saturday, Majhi along with his supporters was arrested after a demonstration in front of the forest office turned violent. The demonstrators allegedly ransacked the Raighar forest range office and beat up the forest ranger.  The activists were demanding immediate allotment of forest land patta to tribals and conduct of a fresh survey to identify eligible BPL beneficiaries of ration cards under National Food Security Act (NFSA).

A dawn-to-dusk bandh called by the Congress today to protest against the arrest of Majhi and 17 others has thrown life out of gear in Nabarangpur. Commercial establishments, educational institutions, and retailers have downed their shutters in response to the 12-hour bandh call.

Burning of tyres at several places by Congress workers has affected vehicular movement.

Reports said the agitators pelted eggs at the residential office of the District Collector. Two Congress workers have been detained in connection with the incident.