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The Midnight March: School Kids Walk Miles To Apprise Collector Of Their Grievances

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02 November 2018

Panchanan Dash

Malkangiri: Scaling the boundary wall of Tarlakota residential school under Korukonda block here, as many as 40 students began a walk of revolt last midnight. Their aim was to meet the district Collector and apprise them of their grievances regarding the alleged sorry state of affairs in their hostel.

Reportedly, the little activists had decided to walk around 25 kilometres from their hostel to the Collectorate office. However, their way was intercepted by some locals, who called up the police.

When asked, the students said that the hostel authorities did not serve them food last night, stated reports. Thus, they had decided to bring the matter to the notice of district Collector. They were also going to talk to the Collector about the absence of a Superintendent, lack of proper medical care, unavailability of electricity and running water in the hostel, said sources.

On reaching the spot, Orkel police arranged for an auto-rickshaw for the students’ journey back to the hostel. The cops also provided snacks to the children before dropping them.

Later, the district welfare officer reached the spot and assured the children, as well as the concerned locals, that the matter will be investigated and action be taken accordingly.

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