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Police probing links of Orissa illegal radio stations

Police probing links of Orissa illegal radio stations

Author: Prafulla Das
Publication: The Hindu
Date: May 22, 2002

The unearthing of some illegal private radio stations in coastal Orissa has surprised those in power as well as the general public in the State.

Though preliminary investigations have indicated that these unauthorised transmission centres were operating as small commercial ventures, the fact that they were found operating close to defence installations at Chandipur in Balasore district and the Wheeler Island in Kendrapara district has raised doubts in the minds of the police about the intentions of the people running them.

Initially, the police unearthed two such transmission centres - one in the Rajnagar block of Kendrapara and the other in Bhograi block of Balasore district. They received information on three more such stations in the region.

In the raids on the two centres, a Bangladeshi migrant had been arrested from Rajnagar, while a local man was arrested in Chandaneswar area of Bhograi block.

Both the accused are in judicial custody.

"Preliminary investigations in regard to the two stations has ruled out the possibility of the stations having any ISI links. However, investigations are on to find out whether those running them have with any anti-national organisation," the Director General of Police, N.C. Padhi, told The Hindu today.

Mr. Padhi said the radio stations were operating in violation of the Indian Telegraph Act and had transmitters which covered a radius of about 6 km. The accused had purchased the small range transmitters from Calcutta.

Since the areas where such centres were operating had a mix of Oriya and Bengali population, they were playing vulgar songs in Oriya and Bengali to attract listeners.

They were also collecting commercials from local shopkeepers for a price.

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