ROURKELA: Several BJP and Congress activists were detained at Rourkela city and Sundargarh town during the visit of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Sunday.
Sources said at Rourkela, about 70 BJP activists, including Panposh organisational district president Jagabandhu Behera and general secretary Subrat Patnaik, were arrested from Chhend Colony, Sector-2 and 7 areas. Odisha unit BJP secretary Dhiren Senapathy was taken into preventive custody from his Chhend Colony residence last night. Senapaty described the police action as unconstitutional and alleged that they were prevented from protesting against the neglect of the BJD Government towards Rourkela.
Similarly, at least 71 Congressmen, including Rourkela District Congress Committee (DCC) president Biren Senapati, former MLA Pravat Mohapatra and Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee (OPCC) secretary Sabir Hussain were arrested from Bisra Square here while they were holding a protest meeting. About 12 other Congress activists were arrested from different areas of the city.
More than 100 BJP leaders and workers, including Odisha unit Bharatiya Yuva Morchha president Tankadhar Tripathy, Sundargarh unit president BK Mishra and Sundargarh unit women’s wing president Shanti Saraf were taken into preventive custody from Sundargarh town, Bhasma and Lefripara. Mishra said they were protesting against the failures of the BJD Government but were illegally detained.