Bhubaneswar: Several peope including protestors and several policemen, were injured as the Congress rally against the State Government turned violent in Bhubaneswar today.
The scuffle erupted when the crowd who had gathered at the PMG Chhack, tried to break enter the two-layer barricade. The police fired tear gas and used water cannons to disperse the agitators. Failing to control the crowd the cops resorted to lathi-charge to disperse the irate crowd.
The site of the protest virtually turned into a battle field later, with police and protestors chasing each other.
Senior Congress leader said the protestors turned violent after police resorted to a lathi-charge. “Congress workers were protesting peacefully. Police attacked them first, throwing stones on them. Some of our workers have sustained head injuries,” Congress leader Chandrasekhar Sahu told reporters.
It is noteworthy to mention that this was the first massive rally that the Opposition Congress party held in Bhubaneswar, to highlight alleged failure of the state government on various fronts and demanding the resignation of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.
Thousands of activists from across the state who assembled at the area to attend the assembly gherao and were seen shouting slogans against the State Government.
“People voted for Naveen Patnaik with the hope that he will change the fate of Odisha. Now, after 12 years of his rule, the state has become poorer,” state Congress president Niranjan Patnaik said while addressing the gathering prior to the violence.
Reacting on the Congress rally, Naveen Patnaik said the Congress leaders were continuing with their old habit of making false allegations against the state government.
Patnaik cited the example of the Congress party making a promise to provide one kg of rice at Rs.3 to the poor people of India in the 2009 general election. “What happened to that promise,” he asked. The chief minister also attacked the Congress on ‘Coalgate’ and other recent scams.
Source: 360 NS