Bhubaneswar: The role of Bapi Sarkel, the alleged contractor behind the Posco clash issue that claimed one life rocked the State Assembly on Monday with the Opposition as well as some ruling party members demanding his immediate arrest.

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said, “I have directed the police to apprehend all the accused persons involved in the case, including Bapi Sarkel”. The issue of Sarkel for employing foreign security guards is also being looked into, he told the House.

The Opposition members during zero hour alleged that the Jagatsinghpur district administration was shielding Sarkhel, against whom two cases have been filed and was not arresting him intentionally.

Leader of Opposition Bhupinder Singh said, “The Government took immediate action by transfering the IDCO CMD without apprehending the main culprit but still trying to protect Sarkhel. He wanted to know why police had deployed two PSOs for Sarkel. Who had authorised it and had he sought police protection.”