2 rebel-hit dists ban foreign nationals

As the Orissa government reels under the abduction of Italian tourist Paulo Basusco and BJD MLA from Koraput Jhina Hikaka by Maoists

Written by Express News Service | Bhubaneswar | Published: April 4, 2012 3:58:53 am

As the Orissa government reels under the abduction of Italian tourist Paulo Basusco and BJD MLA from Koraput Jhina Hikaka by Maoists,the Maoist-affected tribal districts of Koraput and Rayagada have imposed a ban on the entry of foreign nationals into the districts. On Monday,the Koraput administration imposed a ban on the entry of foreigners to the district.

Koraput District Collector Sachin Jadhav in a letter to all tour operators said the administration “consciously decided to stop all movements of foreign nationals in the district,particularly the primitive tribal group areas in the the light of the recent unfortunate events of abduction of foreign nationals in our state,for an indefinite period of time”.

Last week,the Rayagada administration imposed similar restrictions on the entry of foreign tourists into the tribal-dominated district.

Jadhav in his letter said the administration would reassess the security situation and take a call on the issue of regulating the movement of foreign nationals.

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