Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Umerkote, Jun 29:

Tension prevailed outside the Sub Jail here as over 300 Congress workers demanding the release of former Odisha MP and chairman of the Congress’s Adivasi Cell in the state Pradip Majhi today attempted to barge into the jail.

Majhi supporters attempt to barge in into jail

Over 30 men and women have been arrested by the police in this connection, reports said.

Later over 100 Congress workers gheraoed Umerkote police station.

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

Earlier on June 25, 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 under Forest Rights Act (FRA) 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 Nabarangpur bandh called by the Congress on Tuesday to protest against the arrest of Majhi and 17 others was by and large successful. Commercial establishments, educational institutions, and retailers had downed their shutters in response to the 12-hour bandh call.