Bolangir (Odisha): A case was registered
against Congress MLA Surendra Singh Bhoi and 20 others today
on charge of violating prohibitory orders in Odisha`s Bolangir
district, the police said.
Prohibitory orders under Section 144 of CrPC had been
clamped in the town yesterday in view a decision by Advasi
Kalyan Sangha, an umbrella outfit of tribals in Saintala
block, to take out a rally to protest against the candidature
of Monika Singh Bhoi for the post of block Chairperson dubbing
her to be a "fake tribal".
Monika is the wife of Surendra Singh Bhoi, who
represents Titlagarh constituency in the assembly. She was
today declared elected uncontested as the Saintala block
Chairperson. She was in the same post during the last term.
The police action against MLA was slapped as he had
taken out a rally in the town in support of her wife claiming
her to be a "genuine tribal".
Another case was also filed against president of
Advasi Kalyan Sangha, Braja Sundar Singh Bhoi and others on
Denying allegation that his wife was a "fake tribal",
Singh Bhoi said "the allegation had its genesis to family
disputes. My wife is a genuine tribal and if anybody
has any problem, they may go to the court".
Monika was elected uncontested from two grampanchayats
in the recent panchayat elections and no one had raised any
objection on this ground, he said.
Prohibitory orders in the town were still in force as
tribals having allegiance to Sangha were up in arms demanding
an inquiry into the bonafide of Monika`s caste.