Bhadra guesthouse to be razed today in Jajpur


Jajpur: The Jajpur district administration will demolish the guesthouse of Rupesh Bhadra, where the village level worker and panchayat extension officer Smitarani Biswal was found dead on October 16, on Friday.

Bhadra, considered to have close links with the ruling BJD leadership, constructed the guesthouse on two plots – 290 and 291 – in an area measuring 17 decimal in Baligari under Dharmasala tehsil. At least four out of the 17 decimal is forest land and the rest is Anabadi Kisam (status).

Officials of the local district administration reached Haridaspur village for demolition of the guesthouse erected by the husband of the local sarpanch.

One platoon of police force has been deployed at the spot. Jajpur Additional District Magistrate (ADM) and Dharmasala Tehsildar were also present at the site.

The guesthouse was illegally built on Government land. Bhadra, who is in jail for alleged complicity in the death of Smitarani, built the guesthouse by encroaching on Government land.

Earlier, the district administration had sealed the guesthouse.

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