Collector`s driver on indefinite hunger strike
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Last Updated: Sunday, February 20, 2011, 18:19
Malkangiri: Ever since the abduction of Malkangiri District Collector RV Krishna by Maoists, his driver has been on an indefinite hunger strike on the banks of a river demanding the release of his boss.

Shankar Rao, the government driver of Krishna, had driven the jeep bearing the Collector and had been to Badapada under Maoist-stronghold Chitrokonda block to attend a camp for local development, when the officer was kidnapped.

Shankar was sitting on dharna on the banks of River Gurupriya near Janbai ghat since Wednesday waiting for the Collector to return and all their efforts to convince him to break the fast yielded little response, officials said.

"He has been sitting on dharna without taking food since Wednesday. We forced him to take some food today and asked him to shift his dharna to the Tahasil office at Chitrakonda instead of doing so under the open sky in a remote area but he was not prepared to budge," local Tehsildar D Gopal Krishna said.

Shankar's family members, including his wife, children and parents, had also asked him to break the fast or shift to the Tehsil office at Chitrakonda to sit on fast but nothing happened, they said.

"I will not move out of this place come what may," Shankar, loyal to the Collector, said, adding, "If Collector sir can pass through the agony meted out to him by the Maoists why can't I?".

However, the jeep was brought to the Tehsil office at Chitrakonda today suspecting that the Maoists could target the vehicle, the tehsildar said.

A similar hunger strike was staged by additional BDO of Kalimela at his office seeking release of the Collector but he was shifted to hospital as his condition deteriorated today, officials said.


First Published: Sunday, February 20, 2011, 18:19

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