Bhubaneswar: The thrashing of a woman constable by a Congress protestor during an anti-government rally on Thursday has triggered outrage, with activists and police Friday demanding strong action against the culprits.
“We want strong action against the culprits. Those responsible for the crime must be arrested immediately,” Odisha Police Association (OPA) President Sawarmal Sharma told reporters.
The government should also order a judicial inquiry into the violent incident that took place on MG Road, Sharma said, adding Crime Branch police should also investigate the incident.
A team led by Pramila Mallik, Chief of the Biju Janata Dal (BJD)’s women’s wing met the Chairperson of the State Commission for Women (SCW), Jyoti Panigrahi and demanded justice for the woman cop.
The Congress on the other hand, apologized for the incident but blamed the government for sending women cops to the front even though it was not required.
“It is a sin to beat up a woman. We condemn it. But it was our workers who also rescued the woman,” the party’s in-charge of the state, Jagdish Tytler told reporters. He said it was the police which first used force on the protestors.
Since Thursday, local and national television channels have showed footage of protestors beating up the woman constable with bamboo sticks during the Congress rally held to demand the resignation of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on the issue of corruption.
The protestor continued to thrash the woman with sticks even after she lay on the ground, trying to protect herself. Another person was also seen kicking her, while another was seen pulling her hair. The woman was however subsequently rescued by some people and taken to a hospital.
At least 100 people, including protestors and several policemen, were injured when the rally turned violent. So far 33 people have been arrested in connection with the violence.
Source: 360 NS