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Odisha Congress workers resort to violence during bandh

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Bhubaneswar: Defying Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee (OPCC) President Niranjan Patnaik’s instructions to observe a ‘peaceful’ bandh, several party workers resorted to violence in various parts of the state today.

According to reports, Congress workers barged into the office of Kakatpur Tehsil office in Puri district in the presence of the Tehsildar and allegedly thrashed a staff besides damaging the office gate.

Party workers also entered the BDO office in Remuna and allegedly ransacked properties. Similar act by Congress workers at Works Department office in Mayurbhanj was also reported.

Likewise, party workers broke the gate of Nabarangpur Collector’s office and locked it after they found the office being operational during the bandh.

On the other hand, Niranjan Patnaik has formed a 3-member committee headed by senior party leader Chiranjib Biswal to probe into the incidents. Action will be taken against the Congress workers if they are found guilty, Patnaik said.