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Budhia must participate in marathon: Kalinga Sena

Written by: Staff
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Bhubaneswar, May 13: The Kalinga Sena activists today organised a rally in the state capital protesting Orissa government's move to ban long-distance run by wonder kid Budhia Singh.

The demonstrators shouting slogans against Women and Child Welfare Minister Pramilla Mallick and the government demanded that the four-year-old boy, who recently entered Limca Book of Record by running 65 km non-stop from Puri to Bhubaneswar, should be allowed to continue his marathon run.

The Sena activists resorted to a novel protest in support of their demands, by tying a little boy with ropes and pulled him back as he was trying to run, during their demonstration.

Orissa government warned the boy's coach yesterday that he would be arrested if Budhia Singh participated in roadshows or marathon.

Ms Mallick had even directed all the District Collectors to ensure that the four-year-old boy did not take part in any long distance run as advised by a team of doctors, who examined him on May 5. They opined the boy should not be subjected to long-distance runs because of his health conditions.

Budhia has become a subject of ''burnt out syndrome'' and prone to the risk of heat stroke leading to renal failure and cardiological stress if he was allowed to participate in long- distance runs, the Medical Board said in its report to the government.

The Child Welfare Committee (CWC) of Khurda had taken serious note of the Medical Board report and warned that any marathon run by Budhia would attract legal provision and treated as cognisable offence, punishable under section 23 of the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2000.

UNI

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