Bhubaneswar: Slamming the State Government over the increase in crime graph in the State, the Opposition Congress on Monday demanded that Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik to quit the Home portfolio.
Apart from this, the Opposition also demanded a CBI probe into the incident of police firing at Phasipada in Ganjam district in which two persons were killed, when police opened fire to disperse a violent mob which attacked them at a village in Odisha’s Ganjam district on Saturday over suspected practice of witchcraft.
The Opposition moved an adjournment motion on incident that rocked the State Assembly on Monday.
Replying to debate on the admissibility of the adjournment motion, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, rejected the demand for CBI probe into the Phasipada issue stating that a judicial inquiry had already been ordered into the unfortunate incident and refused to discuss the incident at this stage as a judicial inquiry has been ordered. Patnaik also informed that the Inspector of Police, Kodala Police Station has been placed under suspension with immediate effect in connection with the death of two persons in the incident.
Stating that as many as 36 police personnel and 19 local villagers have been injured in the incident and two persons have succumbed to the grievous injuries, Patnaik said steps had been taken to provide ex-gratia to the next of the kin of the deceased. The Government has also decided to provide medical treatment to the injured free of cost.
However, dismissing the Opposition’s allegation that law and order situation is out of control in the State, the Chief Minister informed that the State Government is making all possible efforts to deal with all sorts of menance in the State. The police had to open fire on the violent mob for self defence.
However, Congress chief whip Prasad Harichandan, alleged that there was a breakdown of law and order in the State with the increase in number of crimes. He said every day on an average three rape incidents, four murder incidents, 22 cases of atrocity against women and 14 cases of atrocity against SC and ST persons are taking place in the State.
“When the Chief Minister is unable to give protection to his own party MLAs, the plight of common man can well be imagined”, Harichandan said and demanded the CM to to quit the Home portfolio.
Source: 360 NS