Cuttack: Over 50 Youth and Women Congress activists were taken into preventive custody for staging a protest before Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik’s visit to S.C.B Medical College and Hospital in the afternoon.
The activists raised slogans and staged a protest by showing black flags and were immediately taken into custody by police officials deployed inside S.C.B campus.
Patnaik was here to meet the people affected by the alleged Cuttack-Khurda hooch tragedy.
“I had met the people affected by the tragedy and all kinds of possible medical assistance is being provided to them,” said Patnaik.
The Cuttack-Khurda hooch tragedy so far has claimed 33 lives while another 38 people are battling for their life at S.C.B. Similarly, six persons have been shifted to the eye-ward and it is suspected that they might lose their
Earlier, state excise minister Anag Udaya Singhdeo had resigned following the hooch tragedy on moral grounds yesterday.
Patnaik today also met the family members and the victim of Pipili gangrape incident at S.C.B in the evening. The victim is now undergoing treatment at the Central ICU of the hospital.
The Pipili gangrape victim was admitted to the Central Intensive Care Unit following High Court directives on January 11.
A Congress delegation led by Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee Chief Niranjan Patnaik had earlier met the affected persons of the liquor tragedy at SCB.
OPCC Chief had alleged that instead of sacking the ministers, the Chief Minister himself should resign on moral grounds.
“State Government has failed to put a check on liquor sale for which there has been a series of hooch tragedies in the past. Chief Minister should resign on moral grounds,” Patnaik said.
Similarly, Cuttack BJP activists had also staged a demonstration in front of the Revenue Divisional Commissioner’s (RDC) office. The BJP leaders were demanding for a CBI probe into the entire hooch tragedy.