Civil society organisations and citizens of the city took out a rally in the city on Thursday demanding Maoists to release the two Italian tourists abducted in Kandhamal district.
In the evening they organised a dharna in front of the statue of Mahatma Gandhi in Gandhi Nagar area . On Wednesday evening these organisations joined hands to hold a seminar to discuss about this abduction drama. They demanded unconditional release of Italian tourists by the Maoists. They also urged the State government not to bow down before the ultras .
The rally started from Berhampur stadium and concluded at the same stadium passing through the city.
The participants shouted slogans and held placards that urged the Maoists to consider about the name and fame of our country and State.
“The Maoists should understand that they are Indians first and through abduction of these foreigners they are tarnishing the image of our country in International arena,” most of the participants in the rally said. During the seminar held on Wednesday evening speakers pointed out that it is high time for Maoists to rethink about their recent strategy of ‘blackmailing' of government through abductions.
Similar rallies are also being held regularly in different parts of Kandhamal district especially in Phulbani, Daringbadi and G.Udaygiri areas urging Maoists to release the two Italian hostages. Different social organisations are taking part in these rallies. They feel this recent abduction would hamper the tourism prospects of the district. During the recent past, tourists have started to visit the district after the slump due to communal riots in 2007 and 2008.