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Orissa ministers to keep away from R-Day celebrations

Giridhar Gopal in Bhubaneswar | January 24, 2003 12:40 IST

Some Orissa ministers are believed to have decided to keep away from the Republic Day celebrations in their home districts fearing attacks by Naxalites.

The phenomenon is restricted to the state's southern districts, where Naxalite groups hold sway.

Senior government officials are expected to hoist the national flag and attend other functions organised as part of the Republic Day celebrations in Raigada, Malkangiri, Gajapati and Nabrangpur districts.

An alert has been sounded in all southern districts and security has been tightened at all sensitive police stations areas, state Director General of Police N C Padhi told in Bhubaneswar.

Of late, Naxalites of the People's Wargroup havebeen very activeonthe Orissa-Andhra Pradesh border and carried out some violent attacks, including on police stations.

After declaring a largearea, which encompasses parts of Orissa and Andhra Pradesh, as a liberated zone, theNaxalites are attacking the police and landlords in the area.

They have killed at leastsix politicians of the ruling Biju Janata Dal and Bharatiya Janata Partycombine over the past few months, besides blowing up the house of a state minister, Arabinda Dhali.

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Sub: Counterfeit Leadership

It is a pity that those who ask to be elected to leadership in my country fear to wear that mantle at the time of ...

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liberated from what? nut cases!

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Sub: Threaten to Indian Democracy !

If ministers are not feeling safe in Indian republic day, then what a common citizen will feel ? This is a shame to Indian democracy. ...

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This is the diff between pre-independence and post independence leaders.This further shows the degradations of moral values in society.

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