Reported by Patitapaban Sahu
Jeypore, Apr 12:
The dawn-to-dusk bandh in Odisha’s Koraput district called today by the Congress to protest murderous attack on the close relatives of former MLA and Congress leader Taraprasad Bahinipati on Thursday night was a successful and peaceful affair, reports said.
Normal life was badly hit across the district as there was massive public support for the bandh call.
All government offices, courts and trading establishments remained closed while vehicles remained off the roads during the 12-hour bandh in the entire district including Jeypore, Koraput, Borigumma, Lamtaput and Semiliguda.
The BJP and the CPI have also condemned the attack on Bahinipati’s kin.
In Jeypore, Congress workers staged road blockades at several places of the town and picketed in front of the Jeypore police station demanding immediate arrest of the miscreants.
It may be mentioned that the brother and nephew of Congress leader and candidate from Jeypore constituency Tara Bahinipati were stabbed with sharp weapons by a group of BJD activists inside the room no 217 of Madhumati Hotel at about 1.30 AM on Thursday and later fled the spot.
Bahinipati today said that the BJD’s youth wing president has been identified from the CCTV footage of the hotel during the attack and it is now clear that it was the handiwork of minister, Rabinarayan Nanda and his henchmen.
However Nanda today, while condemning the attack, denied his role in the incident and said he had left Jeypore for Bhubaneswar at 6pm on Thursday. He also said he had no knowledge of what was captured in the CCTV footage.
Meanwhile, the police today interrogated the hotel staff about the incident and took the CCTV footage for examination. The police are tracking the mobile phones of the attackers and hoped to arrest the culprits soon, said a senior police officer.
Koraput SP Avinash Kumar who addressed a press conference this evening said four police teams have been formed to nab the culprits. Two teams are looking for them within the district while the other two are searching certain places outside Koraput, he said.