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Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Cuttack, Aug 2:

The Orissa High Court today granted interim protection from arrest to five persons including Sambit Acharya, brother of Bargarh MLA Debesh Acharya in the matter pertaining to the attack on the convoy of Union Minister Santosh Gangwar during his visit to Odisha’s Bargarh last month to attend Vikas Utsav organised by the BJP.

Orissa High Court

The other four who were given interim protection by the High Court are Bargarh municipal chairman Prasant Behera, Zilla Parishad vice-chairman Soubhagya Ranjan Nayak, former MARKFED chairman Pravatditya Mishra alias Piku Mishra and Anup Kumar Satpathy.

The next hearing in the matter would be held after two weeks, court sources said.

The court granted interim protection to these persons while conducting a hearing on their anticipatory bail petitions.

The court while conducting a hearing on the anticipatory bail petition of Debesh Acharya yesterday had directed the state government to submit the case diary and other documents in the matter while fixing the next hearing two weeks later.

Notably, the court while adjudicating a petition of the MLA on July 26 seeking quashing of the case against him, the court in its interim order had directed the authorities not to initiate any coercive action against the MLA.

It may be recalled here that a case was registered under sections 147, 148, 341, 294, 506, 427, 323, 307 and 249 of the IPC at the Bargarh police station in connection with the alleged pelting of stones on the convoy of Union Minister Santosh Gangwar and showing of black flags.

While police had earlier arrested 16 persons in connection with the case, on July 2 the police in its case diary submitted before the court named 14 more persons involved which included the name of Acharya.