western Odisha observe Utkal Divas as Black Day
Bhubaneswar: Certain organisations, like earlier years, opposed Utkal Divas celebrations in western Sambalpur, Balangiri, Bargarh, Jharsuguda, Kalahandi and Sonepur districts of the State on Friday. They observed the day as Kala Divas (black day).
According to information, 35 persons were arrested for opposing ‘Bande Utkal Janani’ song in Bargarh. However, they were released on personal bonds.
While effigies of the State administration were burnt at some places, the map of Odisha was torn off at some other places.
According to information, the protestors have alleged the State Government has been neglecting the western region for over last 15 years. They have been demanding a separate State under the name ‘Koshal’.
Koshal Rajya Samanwaya Samiti observed the day as Black Day. Samiti members sat on a dharna demanding a separate State. They tore the Odisha map into two pieces.
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