Jajpur: Kalinga Nagar continued to reel under tension after an activist of Visthan Virodhi Jan Manch, Jogendra Jamuda was shot on Thursday by three armed assailants.
Meanwhile, Jogendra was successfully operated upon at SCB Medical College Hospital at Cuttack on Friday. Two bullets were removed from his body and his condition is reported to be stable.
Sources said that after the incident the enraged activists of VVJM had blocked the National Highway-200 at Virbhumi in Ambagadia on the fateful night. Speaking to The Pioneer, the secretary of VVJM Rabindra Jarika said their activists are being targeted by the district administration and pro-displacement organisations. He further said "we condemn the barbaric attack on Jogendra. We want to resolve all issues pertaining to Kalinga Nagar peacefully. But due to the negative stance by the pro-displacements bodies and lack of coordination in the administration the situation is deteriorating.
The VVJM activists alleged that the assailants belonged to Jharkhand and were provided shelter and logistical support by the pro- industry supporters.
Meanwhile, the VVJM activists organised a meeting on Friday and submitted a six point charter of demands including arrest of the miscreants and payment of Rs 10 lakh compensation to the injured youth.
District Collector and Superintendent of Police met the activists and assured them that their demands would be looked into within seven days and requested them to withdraw the road blockade.
The tribals, finally, withdrew the blockade after SP DS Kutty assured that the police are sincerely working on the case to nab the culprits. However, Jarika said if their demands are not met they would again launch a stir.