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Odisha woman cop thrashed; parties slam each other

india Updated: Sep 08, 2012 12:10 IST
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Condemning violence during a rally organised by Congress in Bhubaneswar, Odisha Police Association (OPA) on Friday demanded arrest of those who attacked the policemen and a judicial probe into the incident.

"Those involved in attacking and injuring the police personnel during the agitation by Congress in Bhubaneswar on Thursday must be arrested immediately and strong action should be taken against them," OPA president Sawarmal Sharma said.

The government should also order a judicial inquiry into the violent incident that took place on MG Road, Sharma said, adding Crime Branch police should also investigate the incident.

"The criminal activities resorted to by the demonstrators in the name of agitation is deplorable," the OPA President said.

The injured policewoman is carried by her comrades during a clash with supporters of Congress party Bhubaneswar. Reuters Photo

On Thursday, thousands of Congress workers clashed with the police when they tried to gherao the Odisha Assembly building demanding resignation of chief minister Naveen Patnaik over the coalgate row leaving around 260 people including 60 police personnel injured. Congress workers clash with copsvideo-icon

Odisha Assembly proceedings paralysed
Proceedings of the Odisha Assembly was paralysed on Friday as Congress legislators stormed into the well protesting alleged police excesses during a party rally in Bhubaneswar while ruling BJD MLAs countered them.

As soon as the House assembled for the day, members of the opposition Congress were on their feet alleging attack by police on party demonstrators who held a rally in a peaceful and democratic manner in Bhubaneswar on Thursday.

The angry Congress legislators trooped into the well accusing police personnel of using force, including batons against party rallyists without any provocation.

Supporters of Congress party throw stones towards police during a protest outside Odisha state legislative assembly in Bhubaneswar. Reuters Photo

Shouting slogans against the Naveen Patnaik government and the police action, the opposition members attempted to climb the speaker's podium.

Noisy scenes prevailed in the House as ruling BJD members refuted the allegations levelled by Congress MLAs and alleged that the demonstrators indulged in violence and attacked the police personnel mercilessly.

Placards were also displayed condemning the violent incidents that took place during the demonstration.

As pandemonium persisted despite appeals to restore order, the Speaker adjourned the House till 3pm, barely six minutes after commencement of question hour.

The injured policewoman is carried by her comrades during a clash with supporters of Congress party Bhubaneswar. Reuters Photo

'Odisha converted to a 'police state''
Accusing the BJD governmentof turning Odisha into a "police-state", Congress leader and Union minister Srikant Jena on Friday said it had lost the moral authority to continue in office, particularly after on Thursday's action against demonstrators in Bhubaneswar.

"It seems the state of Odisha has been converted into a police state where all the democratic values and right to protest have been completely buried", Jena, Union minister of state for statistics and programme implementation and chemical and fertilizers, said in a statement.

Terming as "brutal and uncivilised" the police action on Congress demonstrators, he said, "The Naveen Patnaik-led government had lost the moral authority to continue in government".

The Congress workers were peacefully demonstrating against the anti-people policies and corruption of the BJD government and highlighting huge corruption and nepotism in various sectors when they were "ruthlessly" lathi-charged along with use of water cannons and tear gas shells, he said. Odisha CM hits back at Congressvideo-icon

The police had even entered the Pradesh Congress Office and continued their "inhuman attrocities" against party workers and leaders, Jena claimed.

Chief minister Patnaik called the attack on the constable "shocking".

"People are shocked over the incident that took place in Bhubaneswar. Odisha is known for its peaceful atmosphere," said chief minister Naveen Patnaik. "The Congress has the habit of making false allegation against the BJD government ever since the regional party came to power in 2000," he said about allegations against him in the coal block allocation controversy.