Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Jun 25:
An 11-member team from state unit of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) today met Governor SC Jamir and presented a memorandum seeking his intervention into yesterday’s stone pelting issue in western Odisha town of Bargarh.
The team led by senior BJP leader Pratap Sarangi apprised the Governor about the stone pelting on Union Textiles Minister Santosh Kumar Gangwar’s cavalcade that took place yesterday.
“The incident which took place in Bargarh yesterday is the first such incident in the political history of any state. Nowhere such ignominious incident has taken place so far. Union Ministers are the guests of the state government and it should take care of its arrangements. Where not even a leaf moves in BJD without the orders of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, the attack on Union Ministers in connivance with the ministers, MPs and MLAs is unfortunate,” BJP leader Prithviraj Harichandan said.
He further added that: “Strict action should be initiated against those actively involved in the incident. Two days ago, Minister Snehangini Chhuria had threatened that the party would oppose the visit of the Union Ministers to the state. The Chief Minister’s Office is directly involved in the incident. We demand a high-level inquiry into the incident. The Governor would ask the state government under what circumstances the incident took place.”
On the other hand, senior BJP leader Bijoy Mohapatra has written a letter to Union Home Secretary seeking setting up of a special investigative team to probe into the incident. Mohapatra, in his letter, has sought action against Bargarh SP and DGP holding them responsible for the security lapse.
“The police gave security to the attackers. The matter should be probed by a Central agency,” Mohapatra said.
Senior saffron party leader Suresh Pujari has demanded a CBI probe into the matter.
There is a conspiracy in the incident. The Third Floor is directly involved in the incident. The Collector, SP, MLA and the CMO have executed the plan. Besides, the police deliberately took the Union Ministers through a crowded route, Pujari alleged.