Reported by Santosh Jagdev
Bhubaneswar, Jun 27:
Twin City Commissionerate Police today registered three cases against Congress workers for resorting to violence during Odisha bandh on Friday.
The cases were registered at Kharvela Nagar, Saheed Nagar and Laxmisagar police stations in the city.
“We are verifying the CCTV footage installed at various strategic locations in the city. Acting on the footage, those responsible for the violence during the bandh will be booked according to the law. Till now, three persons have been arrested for creating disturbances during the bandh and this drive will continue,” said Bhubaneswar Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Satyabrata Bhoi.
Saheed Nagar police have arrested three persons identified as Manas Panda of VSS Nagar, Mithun Patra of Shastri Nagar and Manas Das of Palaspalli area.
Yesterday, Congress supporters in large numbers went on a rampage beating up people, smashing shops and damaging vehicles in some places in the state to force them to support 12-hour dawn-to-dusk bandh call given by the party in protest against the gross mismanagement by the state government and the Shri Jagannath temple administration resulting in serious irregularities and violation of tradition during the Brahma Parivartan of the Lords in Puri on June 16.
The angry Congress supporters went on a rampage beating up people and smashing shops in the Shastri Nagar area under Kharvela Nagar police limits. Three Congress supporters attacked a Bolero vehicle near Rupali square under Saheed Nagar police limits. Besides, protesters had also damaged a tourist bus from Tamil Nadu along Cuttack Road under Laxmisagar police limits and had beaten up the tourists inside it.
Acting on the complaints lodged by the sufferers, three cases have been registered each at the aforesaid police stations in the city. The police have launched a manhunt to arrest other persons indulged in the incidents of violence.
Police are trying to gather information about those responsible by verifying the CCTV footages installed at several locations like AG, Rabindra Mandap, Lower PMG, Master Canteen, Ram Mandir, Rupali, Raj Bhawan and Power House squares where the angry Congress supporters had resorted to vandalism.
Meanwhile, a few social outfits including Odisha Bikash Parishad (OBP) here, along with the victims of violence, today lodged complaints against Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee (OPCC) president Prasad Harichandan at the Capital police station for yesterday’s violence.