Rayagada: Tensions have risen in Khaliguda on the Rayagada-Jaipur road over the cemetery road blockade. Villagers blockaded National Highway 326, leaving the bodies behind. Despite the administration’s understanding, the villagers are adamant that the roadblocks will not be lifted until a permanent solution is reached. As a result, traffic on the national highway has been disrupted since 3:45 p.m. The Rayagada block Kotpeta panchayat has been using a private land near Khaliguda village as a cemetery for 20 years. In the last few months, the new owner has closed the cemetery road for cotton cultivation after the landowner sold the land to another businessman.
The villagers are facing various difficulties for the funeral after the landlord closed the road with bamboo and other timber. The villagers have lodged a written complaint with the panchayat and block authorities. Even though two-thirds of the meetings were held between the villagers and the administration, the solution could not come out as the land was in the name of the landlord. In such a situation, the village’s N.C. The villagers were worried about the funeral after the untimely death of a young man named Bobby, 19. As there was no other open field near the village, villagers blocked National Highway 326, leaving the bodies on the road in the afternoon.
Chandili police officer Vijayalakshmi Hika reached the spot and persuaded the people to get out of the way. However, Rayagada SDPO Divyajyoti Das and Additional Tahsildar Sunil Kumar reached the spot and held talks with the protesters after the villagers insisted that the roadblocks would not be lifted if they did not get a written promise from the administration for a permanent solution. The villagers demanded that the SDPO and the additional tehsildar be taken to the eastern cemetery to identify the site. Both officials are working to find a solution. Traffic from Rayagada to Berhampur, Bhubaneswar, Bishamkatak, Gunapur and other places through Jaipur has been disrupted due to the three-hour national highway blockade. Freight vehicles, including long-distance vehicles, are parked on both sides of the road.
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