Koshal activists stage rail roko in Balangir, demand separate State

January 11, 2010 at 5:49 pm Leave a comment

Following is a report from The Pioneer:

Demanding formation of a separate Kosal State, members of Kosal Kranti Dal and All Kosal Students’ Union led by president of Kosal Kranti Dal Promod Mishra, Dolamani Pradhan and others staged a rail roko at Balangir railway station on Sunday morning.

The activists demonstrated and stopped two trains, Sambalpur-Rayagada Tapaswini Express and Raipur-Kantabanji-Bilaspur Passenger, for around two hours.

At different places in western Odisha namely Jharsuguda, Sambalpur, Bargarh, Balangir and other places, the Kosal Kranti Dal organised rail roko on Sunday to press for the demand for a separate Kosal State. Amongst the demand for separate States all over the country like Gorkhaland, Vidarbha and other smaller States, there is enough social, political, cultural and economic justification for formation of a separate Kosal State, the agitators said.

We were forced to merge with Odisha in 1948. What this region has got after 60 years of merger? Only acute poverty and backwardness, pointed out Pramod Mishra, president of Kosal Kranti Dal.

We would also launch an economic blockade and western Odisha bandh in forthcoming days, informed Mishra.

Like in the Telangana State issue, all the elected representatives of this region should join this movement. If the political representatives of Telangana region could offer their resignation, why the same cannot be expected from representatives of this region, Mishra expressed further.

This rail roko would convey the people’s demand for formation of a separate Kosal State to the State Government of Orissa as well as Government of India. In the forthcoming days, our agitation would be intensified further, said secretary of All Kosal Students’ Union Dolamani Pradhan.

Two platoons of police were deployed and 53 Kosal Dal activists were taken into custody, informed Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Srikant Mishra to The Pioneer over phone.

Entry filed under: Demand by political parties, Demand by politicians, Demand of Koshal state, Views of Political Parties and Politicians, Why a separate Koshal state in India?.

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