Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Athagarh, Mar 27:
Protesting against the government’s failure to alleviate the problem of chronic drinking water crisis in the village, women of Chasaanra village under Tigiria block in Odisha’s Cuttack district today detained an additional tehsildar for over two hours apart from staging a road blockade.
Incensed over the acute shortage of drinking water in their village, womenfolk of Chasaanra village with pots, buckets and other containers staged a roadblock and detained local additional tehsildar Satyaranjan Panda, who was on an official visit to the area.
After facing chronic drinking water crisis and no solution to the problem despite several complaints to the district administration, the villagers were digging a pond to solve their problem. On being informed about the digging of a pond by the villagers, Panda had come to find out what was going on was taken hostage by the agitated women.
Panda who was detained for over two hours was released from the clutches of the agitating women after Tigiria police intervened in the matter and he assured them to look into the drinking water problem in the area.
“While I was passing through this village I saw a pond being dug on the road side. I stopped to inquire whether they had the permission to dig the pond and who were digging it. Later, I found that I have been taken hostage by the locals over the drinking water problem in the area. I was detained from 8 AM till 10 AM. People complained about the chronic drinking water crisis in the area. They also claimed of earlier having made known their grievance to the administration. I have informed the block development officer (BDO) block chairman and other higher officials about their problem,” said Panda talking to reporters.