Odisha: Stranded tourists rescued after 16 hrs from Similipal sanctuary
The tourists from Odisha and other states were rescued by Jashipur police from Barehipani Nature Camp through an alternate route after nearly 16 hours.
Baripada: As many as 18 tourists were rescued from a nature camp in Similipal sanctuary in Odisha’s Mayurbhanj district after they were stranded for hours following a strike by locals.
The tourists from Odisha and other states were rescued by Jashipur police from Barehipani Nature Camp through an alternate route after nearly 16 hours. As per reports, members of Similipal Bikash Parishad along with residents of three panchayats staged an indefinite strike on Sunday, over a list of five demands including establishment of mobile towers inside the wildlife sanctuary, road connectivity to all villages within the region under Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY), a concrete bridge across the main road and employment opportunities for youths in peripheral areas.
The outfit also demanded better roads from Kalikaprasad Gates to Gadasimilipal. As the protest did not subside and all the major exit points were blocked, the tourists could not step out until police reached the spot and rescued them.
On Saturday, the Forest department had issued an advisory to tourists requesting them not to proceed to Similipal Nature camps at Barehipani, Kumari, and Gurguria till further information.