Activists of the tribal organisation Kui Samaj Seva Samiti (KSSS) hoisted black flags in some areas of Kandhamal district on the Republic Day on Thursday.

The KSSS had earlier declared that they would observe the Republic Day as black day to protest against alleged government apathy towards tribal and dalit inhabitants of Kandhamal district.

According to sources activists of the KSSS hoisted black flags at Raikia, G.Udaygiri and Tikabali on Thursday morning.

The black flags hoisted by them were removed within a short period by the police and locals.

The KSSS sources said they had resorted to this form of protest to highlight long standing demands like preference to inhabitants of the district during appointment of class IV government employees for the district, 50 per cent seats of polytechnic institutes in the district to be reserved for its inhabitants, action against persons availing benefits through fake tribal certificates etc.

It may be noted that earlier the KSSS had declared to observe two-day bandh call on January 25 and 26. But it was called off .