Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar/New Delhi, Apr 7:
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik this evening appealed for calm and peace in the communal violence-torn Bhadrak town.
Patnaik, who is on a five-day visit to New Delhi, took to micro-blogging site twitter where he appealed to people to maintain peace and harmony in the trouble-torn area.
I sincerely appeal to all in Bhadrak for peace & harmony; have directed stringent action against any attempt to disrupt peace.
— Naveen Patnaik (@Naveen_Odisha) April 7, 2017
Similarly, BJD spokesperson Pratap Keshari Deb said: “District administration is keeping a close watch on the situation. Stringent action would be initiated against troublemakers. Everybody should try to restore peace and harmony. BJD believes in secularism.”
Besides, Union Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, BJP state unit president Badant Panda, BJP leader Pratap Sarangi, Congress leader Mohd Moquim, VHP state unit working president Badrinath Patnaik have also appealed to people to maintain peace.
Notably, violence had erupted in the town after objectionable comments on Hindu deities were posted on social networking site. Mob had torched vehicles, houses and shops besides burning tyres on National Highway connecting Bhubaneswar and Kolkata to register their protest.
While prohibitory orders under Sec 144 of CrPc were clamped yesterday, the district administration today imposed curfew following fresh incidents of violence.
A peace committee meeting to broker peace failed to yield any results leading to flare-up.
DGP KB Singh, Home Secretary Asit Tripathy, ADG (Law and Order) Binayanand Jha and other senior officials rushed to the violence-affected town to bring the situation under control.