OPCC president Niranjan Patnaik with other Congress leaders and the injured congress activists in a press meet in Bhubaneswar on Thursday
OPCC president Niranjan Patnaik with other Congress leaders and the injured congress activists in a press meet in Bhubaneswar on Thursday
Bhubaneswar: To protest ‘police excesses’ on demonstrating party workers during the massive party rally on Thursday, Opposition Congress has called a state-wide bandh on September 10.

The Congress leaders also demanded an independent investigation either by Lokpal or a sitting judge of the High Court into incident.

Describing the use of force on its workers as unprovoked, undemocratic and a deliberate attempt to suppress the voice of the people, senior Congress leader Narasimha Mishra said his party would not rest till it dislodged the state government.

Condemning police action on ‘peaceful demonstrators’ as ‘barbaric’, Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee president Niranjan Patnaik claimed that over 400 party workers including women were injured in lathicharge and force used by cops.

Police used force after the crowd indulged in vandalism outside the assembly, state police chief Prakash Mishra said.

The cops used water cannons, lobbed tear gas shells and resorted to canes to disperse the irate crowd after the rallyists allegedly stormed the barricade and attacked the police, Mishra added.

The Congress, on the other hand, has accused the police of attacking Congressmen and thus triggering violence.

It is noteworthy to mention that it was the first massive rally that the opposition Congress party held in state capital to highlight what it termed the “failure of the state government on various fronts”. The Congress has been demanding the resignation of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.

Source: 360 NS