Days after Maharashtra minister Vishnu Sawra faced the anger of tribals over malnutrition, the district administration in Palghar has issued prohibitory orders in two villages on Wednesday in view of Woman and Child Welfare Minister Pankaja Munde's scheduled visit there.
District Collector Abhijit Bhangar directed for orders under CrPC section 144 to be clamped in a radius of one kilometre of Koch and Kalamwadi villages of Mokhada taluka on Wednesday from 7 am to 8 pm, an official release said.
The prohibitory orders have been issued as some local activists may disrupt Munde's visit. The order has been issued due to the visit of Munde to the villages to meet the family members of the two children who recently died due to malnutrition, said the release.
Former chief minister Ashok Chavan condemned the move, saying if Munde was scared of visiting the tribal villages, she should not only abandon her tour but quit the cabinet, reports The Times of India.
Munde, downplaying the issue, has said, "I have not taken this decision. It is the local administration that has taken this decision. This comes under the police, not me. However, I have asked them that there is no such need for the order but police officials want it to be imposed and I cannot interfere in their work," reports India Today.
Last week, Sawra had faced the anger of a tribal woman whose two-year-old son died last month apparently due to severe malnutrition in Palghar district, the video of which went viral on social media.
The tribal development minister had gone to meet the distraught family members, residing in a thatched house at Khoch village and comfort them. However, the woman, overcome by grief, vented her anger at Sawra, who is also the guardian minister of Palghar.
With inputs from agencies