I am a journalist, working as Balangir correspondent of the English daily "The Pioneer" and “The Industry and Mines Observer”, an English fortnightly magazine published from Bhubneshwar. I was awarded the Trophy for "Excellence in Journalism" by noted Columnist Sri Shivaji Sarkar,in the presence of Editor in Chief -of The Pioneer,Dr Chandan Mitra ,Editor of The Industry and Mines Observer (IMO) Sri Sirish Mohanty on June19,2012.
Tuesday, July 11, 2017
ANTI-LIQUOR BODY GHERAOES B’NGIR DM OFFICE Sunday, 09 July 2017 | PNS |
Members of the Balangir Mada
Birodhi Abhijan Committee and local residents led by Gopalji Panigrahi gheraoed
the District Collectorate here on Friday demanding shifting of the liquor shops
from the railway station road.
Agitators alleged that the procedure of “Objection invited from
public before opening of liquor shop”, has not been followed and people have
been misled with signatures taken from them on the plea of constructing a road
The protestors demanded that the shop should be closed forthwith as
it was set up in violation of norms.Later, a representative team of the Abhiyan
held a discussion with district Collector Ashis Thakre. They explained their
ordeal to Thakre and urged him to close the shop before occurrence of untoward
However, the Collector informed that the district administration
had already issued notice for closure of two liquor shops and shifting of two
others. But the one of them has obtained a stay from the Orissa High Court. “I
will take further steps only after consulting with the Advocate General” added
Panigrahi said they have approached the High Court on this issue
and would wait for the next 15 days to get a court order. If the shops are not
closed by then, locals would intensify the agitation, he said. Bindo Kumar
Kalsai, advocate Bhavani Satpathy and Dr Manjubala Panda were present.