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176-km-long human chain formed in Srikakulam

176-km-long human chain formed in Srikakulam
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The Samaiky-andhra agitators created history of sorts here on Saturday by forming a 176-km-long human chain, which is intended to make the leaders in New Delhi to hear their voice against the state’s proposed division. The chain was formed from Ichapuram, on the border with Odisha, to Pydi Bhimavaram.

  • Record-breaking feat against division of state
  • The chain was formed from Ichapuram, on the border with Odisha, to Pydi Bhimavaram
  • They demand it be incIuded in Guinness Book of World Records

Srikakulam: The Samaiky-andhra agitators created history of sorts here on Saturday by forming a 176-km-long human chain, which is intended to make the leaders in New Delhi to hear their voice against the state’s proposed division. The chain was formed from Ichapuram, on the border with Odisha, to Pydi Bhimavaram.

People of the town, which is known as ‘udyamala killa’ (forts of agitations), are demanding that their feat be included in the Guinness Book of Records, as they believe that such a huge gathering was not formed so far anywhere in the world. Various sections of people, including traders, students, employees, women, workers and farmers moved from their villages and towns from 13 mandals to the national highway to converge into a human chain. Even senior citizens actively took part. Agitators in large numbers from the other 25 mandals in the district reached the town by various vehicles. While the organisers had estimated that about four lakh people would gather, there was double the number. The Samaikyandhra leaders claimed that the day was historic, as it would be written in ‘golden letters among the country’s unique agitations’.Prominent politicians of the district took part in the human chain by holding their respective parties’ flags.

They freely mingled with commoners, to make it a genuine people’s agitation, which was described by an APNGOs’ association leader as ‘jana tsunami’(people’s tsunami). Leaders of the NGOs’ association and JAC, who jointly organised the event, said they had evolved fool-proof steps to ensure that it passed off without any hitch. The steps included placing a coordinator for every km, a water supply point at every five km, an ambulance at every 10 km, a volunteer for every 100 km, a supervisor for 1,000 agitators and a leader for every 5,000. There were adequate number of 108 and 104 ambulances, besides PHC teams, private doctors and mobile medical teams.

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