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Law & Order.



The overall Law and Order situation in the State remained peaceful during the year, 2018.


During the year 2018, all political parties were busy in organizing workers’ conferences, public meetings, mass contact and awareness programmes to garner public support in their favour on various issues by highlighting their achievements. The opposition political parties and their frontal organizations agitated on various local issues. All the political parties including the ruling party have geared up their activities keeping in view of the ensuing General/Assembly Elections-2019. These issues were handled peacefully by the local administration and police.


The State was by and large free from of communal discord as close attention was paid to maintenance of communal peace and amity. Major fairs and festivals of different communities were observed peacefully with religious fervor and gaiety. Instances of communal tension did not escalate into major law and order situation due to pro-active role, constant vigil and timely intervention by the local administration and police. The Car festival at Puri also passed peacefully.


During 2018, there were various agitational programmes against industrialization on issues such as protection of tribal rights, land acquisition, rehabilitation, payment of compensation, employment, peripheral development, agriculture, environmental pollution, etc. These agitational activities were handled with lot of patience and care.


The agitations by Labour and Service organizations did not escalate into any major law and order situation. Employees/workers of some industrial units exhibited their protest demanding enhancement of wages, re-opening of factory, regularization of contractual labourers, payment of arrear dues, etc which were addressed through due process of dialogue and reconciliation. Service related demands, particularly by different Teachers Associations, State Govt. Employees Associations, etc., were addressed sympathetically by the State Government.


There was no State-wide student unrest during the year. Students’ Union Election in different colleges/ Universities across the State was scheduled to be held on October 11, 2018. A few incidents of pre-poll violence erupted in some educational institutions which were handled tactfully by both Administration & Police. The said election was cancelled in anticipating Nature’s Fury by the severe Cyclonic storm “Titli” on 11.10.2018.


During the year 2018, agitation by different tribal organizations demanding rights of tribal’s over Jal, Jungle and Jamin, distribution of land pattas to landless tribal’s etc., agitation by different dalits/ women organizations protesting against alleged increase of crimes against dalits and women, agitation by different voluntary/ women organizations on alleged rampant illicit liquor trade, teetotalism, etc., agitation by different farmer’s organizations particularly Naba Nirman Krushak Sangathan demanding price, pension & prestige, Paschima Odisha Krushak Sangathan Samanwaya Samiti over exemption of agriculture loan, purchase of paddy from farmers, compensation for crop loss & farmer’s suicide, agitation by different Bar Associations for setting up Permanent High Court Bench in their respective areas, agitation by “Sundargarh Zilla Adivasi Mulabasi Banchao Manch” on different issues for the cause of tribal’s, agitation by “Arthika Sanstha Manankadwara Khayatigrasta Milita Manch” on the issue of retrieval of deposited amount to the gullible investors, agitation pertaining to formation of new NACs/ declaration of Sub- Divisional status to some areas in the State and a host of such other demands which surfaced on different occasions have been tactfully contained with timely intervention of local Administration & Police.


During the year 2018, members of different political parties, their frontal organizations and some vested interest groups organized 154 Rasta Rokos, 14 Rail Rokos, 522 Dharanas, 426 Rallies, 489 Demonstrations, 18 Hunger Strikes, 64 Bundhs and 03 Gheraos on different issues.During all these agitations, no major on toward incident took place due to firm Police action.