Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Feb 10:
Odisha Unit of BJP today sought a clarification from Odisha Chief Minister and BJD President Naveen Patnaik over the alleged plan to sabotage Prime Minister’s IOCL Paradip refinery dedication event and demanded arrest of two of its MLAs – Debashish Samantaray and Pramod Mallick.
Speaking to reporters in Bhubaneswar today, Senior BJP leader Bijoy Mohapatra said that the “activities and behaviour of the BJD MLAs, Ministers and more particularly senior government officials were grossly indecent in the run up to the event. The Chief Minister needs to clarify”.
Besides, the saffron party stepped up its attack against Odisha’s ruling party as BJP Spokesperson Sajjan Sharma held a press conference to demand arrest of Samantaray and Mallick.
“BJD MLA Debashish Samantaray attempted to break the cordon and tore off passes meant for IOCL Paradip refinery dedication ceremony. Besides, he was involved in hooliganism and tried to stop BJP supporters from coming to the venue. Similarly, MLA Pramod Mallick had a say in ransacking Tirtol police station. We demand their immediate arrest,” said Sharma.
BJD Spokesperson Samir Dash denied the BJP charge.
“Our MLAs were there to streamline thousands of BJD supporters on their way to the venue. Besides, there is no evidence to prove that Mallick had a say in ransacking Tirtol police station. BJP workers, however, have been filmed manhandling and assaulting him. The cops have taken action against the culprits,” said Dash.
Notably, 11 supporters of BJP were arrested and later forwarded to court today for allegedly assaulting BJD Niali MLA Mallick. The workers have been arrested under IPC section 341, 353, 307, 427, 294, 506, 34 and Section-3 of SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act.
The arrested men, however, claimed that they have been wrongfully arrested and they had nothing to do with harassing or assaulting Mallick.