Bhubaneswar: In a mass outpouring of concern
for abducted Malkangiri district Collector R V Krishna and an
engineer, people from various sections of society took out
peace rallies at several places in Orissa for the second day
on Friday seeking their early release.
Besides Malkangiri, peace processions were held in
Koraput, Nabarangpur, Gajapati, Kalahandi and Kandhamal
districts with a large number of intellectuals, lawyers,
teachers and students taking part.
In the state capital, a signature campaign and candle
lighting event was organised at Indian Red Cross Society`s
Orissa state branch where participants made an appeal for
release of the Collector and junior engineer Pabitra Majhi.
In Malkangiri, peace rallies were taken out at many
places, including block headquarter towns, by people from all
sections, including women from self help groups and voluntary
organisations for early release of the two, held hostage by
Maoists since Wednesday evening.
A large number of tribal also took part in processions
hailing Krishna as a friendly officer.
Appealing to the red rebels not to cause any harm to
the abducted persons, they said violence offered no solution
to any problems.
Though no bandh call was given by anyone, life came to
a halt in the tribal-dominated district as schools, colleges,
offices, shops and business establishments remained closed for
the second day as a spontaneous response to the kidnapping
Vehicular movement was also disrupted in Malkangiri
district as people remained anxious about the fate of the
collector and junior engineer.
A bandh was also observed at Phulbani, the district
headquarters of Kandhamal in protest against the abduction
of the two and demanding their early release.
Describing Krishna as a dedicated and sincere officer,
who worked hard for the development of the backward district
and welfare of the poor and tribals, people organised
signature campaigns for his safety.
Similar peace rallies were also held in neighbouring
Koraput, Jeypore, Nabarangpur and Gajapati seeking safe
release of Krishna and Majhi.