A minor boy was assaulted allegedly by a group of Biju Janata Dal (BJD) activists for refusing to donate blood at a camp organised by a party MLA, police said on Saturday.
The camp was organised as part of the BJD’s blood donation drive on Friday.
According to the FIR lodged in connection with the incident, the boy was forcibly taken from his college on a motorbike towards the Town Hall, the venue of the blood donation camp. When he said he could not donate blood as he was underage and underweight, they allegedly assaulted him.
The boy, a Class 12 student, has alleged that while he was returning home, he was intercepted by the same group and threatened him of dire consequences if he spoke about the assault to anyone.
When contacted, MLA Pravat Biswal, who organised the camp, admitted that some college students were requested to donate blood but nobody was forced nor was anyone was beaten for refusing.
Police said investigation was on and two people named in the FIR were detained.