Senior Congress leaders Jagadish Tytler, Mize Irshad Bag, Niranjan Patnaik and a number of party MPs and MLAs addressed the protectors before they tried to break the police barricade to enter the assembly. Police officials claimed that the mob attacked and beat up a lady constable mercilessly after which they were ordered to use force against the Congress workers was given.
Odisha Director General of Police (DGP) Prakash Mishra said that they used minimum force to disperse the crowd. He claimed that the crowd turned violent and indulged in vandalism outside the Assembly. He said the Congress workers were armed with sticks, rods, bricks and stones. Several of them were also drunk, said Mishra.
The DGP said that besides the lady constable, 60 other police personnels were injured and all of them have been admitted in hospital. Congress leader Soumy Ranjan Patnaik blamed the police for the violence, alleging that the lathicharge was unnecessary as the protesters were peaceful. He said the protesters turned violence only after the police lathicharge. The Pradesh Congress committee on Thursday called for Odisha band on September 10 to protest uncivilised and barbaric action of the police against congress activists, “This is well planned conspiracy of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik to sabotage the rally”.
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