Ex-Congress MP Pradeep Majhi Calls Off 6-Day-Long Hunger Strike Before Raj Bhavan

**Bhubaneswar:** Odisha unit Congress vice-president and former Nabarangpur MP Pradeep Majhi along with the Congress activists called off his six-day-long fast-unto-death strike after submitting a memorandum to Governor SC Jamir on Monday.

The former Nabarangpur MP, who along with five others, was on a hunger strike in front of Raj Bhavan here.

The Congress leader is demanding compensation of Rs 12 lakh each to the bereft families who have lost their children to the dreadful disease Japanese Encephalitis (JE) allegedly due to the negligence of the State Government.

The Congress leader also demands posting of 55 doctors that have been lying vacant at the hospitals in the tribal-dominated Malkangiri district.

In another development, Congress on the day also observed a two-hour ‘Chakka Jam’ (stalling of vehicular movement) protesting the same Malkangiri JE Deaths issue at all the municipal and notified area council (NAC) towns across the State here.

During the Chief Minister’s visit to Malkangiri on Saturday last week, a bandh was also observed by Congress there on the same issue.

On the other hand, the Chief Minister on the day of his Malkangiri visit has announced there itself Rs 3 lakh ex gratia to each family of the JE deceased children.