Border dispute: Odisha govt removes WB’s signboard

Balasore: Odisha government on Tuesday bulldozed a signboard put up by West Bengal ‘illegally’ within the territory of Odisha at Udayapur near Digha in the district.

According to reports, the West Bengal government had put up the signboard last month at Udayapur village, about 20 feet inside the Odisha border.

The Balasore Collector and police authorities had held a meeting regarding the signboard which mentioned ‘Digha Sea Beach Protection and Beautification Work’.

They also had sent a letter to the Medinipur Collector on July 21 asking to remove the signboard within 15 days. However, as the West Bengal government did not respond, the district administration bulldozed the signboard today.

An acute tension erupted after some locals of Ramnagar and nearby areas created a ruckus, following which tehsildars of Bhogarai and Jaleswar rushed to Udayapur to take stock of the situation.

The district administration had deployed four platoons of the armed police forces in the site to prevent any untoward situation.

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