Vizianagaram: Tension gripped Kothia villages(a group of 21 villages) in Vizianagaram district when Odisha police sealed the border to prevent Saluru MLA Peedka Rajanna Dora from laying the foundation stone for development projects.

MLA Rajanna Dora and ITDO project officer Kurmanath were supposed to lay the foundation for a community hall worth Rs 1 crore and distribute land pattas under Forest Rights Act in the area.

However, Odisha leaders decided to prevent him from attending the programme. Odisha leaders and their followers raised slogans against the MLA asking him to go back.

On August 7, Odisha leaders announced that they would attack AP leaders or officials if they enter the disputed villages.

"SP, Collector and intelligence SP advised me from attending the programme at the disputed villages. I acted on their advice. But now it is the responsibility of these officials to carry out the welfare work in these disputed villages,'' Rajanna Dora told to newsmen on Monday afternoon.

He said in 1968 the Supreme Court ordered status quo declaring them as disputed villages. "The AP officials should take it to the notice of the apex court on the violations of the Odisha government," he said.

Sources said after learning that the Salur MLA cancelled his trip, the police and political activists dispersed peacefully.

Sources said the Vizianagaram officials held talks with their Odisha counterparts on Sunday and decided to defuse the situation. Accordingly, they asked the MLA and officials to cancel their trip.

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