Odisha` Rayagada dist restricts foreigners` visit

Last Updated: Saturday, March 31, 2012 - 22:44

Bhubaneswar: With two Italian tourists
being taken hostage by the Maoists in Kandhamal district the
authorities of Rayagada, another left wing extremist hit
tribal district, has restricted entry of foreigners.

"We have imposed temporary restriction on the visit by
foreigners in the district in view of their safety,"
Rayagada district collector Nitin B Jawale said.

"The restriction is for two weeks. We will review the
situation and may allow foreigners soon," the collector said.

Instructions have been issued to tour operators, he
said.

"It is another factor whether foreigners take
objectionable photographs or not. We do not want to take a
chance under the changed circumstances," a senior official
said.

Claudio Colangelo, the Italian who was released has
said he did not take any objectionable photograph of tribals.
Paolo Basusco, another Italian is still in Maoist
captivity since his abduction on March 14 in Kandhamal
district.

PTI



First Published: Saturday, March 31, 2012 - 22:44

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