Bhubaneswag Jan l& The Congress Monday accused the BJP of at-tacking Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee president Niranjan Patnaik’s car; a charge which was de-nied by the saffron party.
While the OPCC president al-leged that a person who was ar-rested Monday in connection with the attack was the Keonjhar district secretary of BJPs Yuva Morcha, local MLA and BJP chief whip in the assembly Mohan Mathi claimed that the man was not a member of the saffron party. In a series of tweets, Patnaik said,
“I was shocked to know that the miscreants were members of BJPs Youth Wing. This is a clear case of political vendetta and des-peration of BJP. Congress is rais-ing relevant issues in the state and y speaking out against the policies of BJP, which is desperately trying to get a foothold in Wish& Congress
is the biggest hurdle for them”. BJP state president Samir Mohanty condemned the attack. The incident took place near Kashipur Sunday night when Patnaik was travelling to his native place in Keonjhar; police said.
Though Patnaik escapted un-hurt, the Congress leader’s per-sonal security personnel and driv-ers were allegedly assaulted by a group of four to five persons. Meanwhile, Keonjhar SP Mitrabhanu Mahapatra said, four other accused have been identified and efforts were on to apprehend them. An FIR was lodged with the Keonjhar Town police Sunday and the name of the arrested man was mentioned in the complaint,
he said A Congress delegation led by Jaydev Jena met Director General of Police Abhay and demanded ac-tion against the culprits. The ruling BJD also condemned the attack and demanded immediate arrest of the people involved in the attack