SAMBALPUR: Revenue Divisional Commissioner (northern division), Bhaskar Jyoti Sharma has submitted his inquiry report on attack on vehicle of Union Minister Santosh Gangwar during his visit to Bargarh on June 24. Although doubts were raised on timely submission of the report after of the then RDC (ND) NBS Rajput was shunted out four days after the probe was ordered, Sharma submitted his report before the 60 days deadline. The report has been submitted to Home Secretary Asit Tripathy on August 23 even though the office of the RDC (ND) is tightlipped about the report.
The Union Minister was on his way to Bargarh from Soehla to inaugurate a weavers’ training centre, when his car was attacked. He was greeted with black flags by BJD workers before they broke his door windshield. The security personnel deployed were outnumbered by the BJD workers and looked helpless even though Gangwar braved through the mob to address ‘Vikash Utsav’ organised by the BJP to commemorate two years of Narendra Modi led BJP Government.
The attack had led to a hue and cry in the State and on June 28, Chief Minister Naveen Pattnaik declared a administrative probe by the RDC (ND) into the incident. Later, at least 70 persons filed affidavits over the incident between July 16 and 19 while 46 persons deposed before the RDC at Bargarh for oral deposition and recording of statement on July 28 at Bargarh.
National BJP secretary Suresh Pujari said the report was submitted in a ‘haste’. About 80 persons filed affidavits. But none were cross-examined to ascertain the truth.
No documents and media footage sought and no argument made raising doubts on the entire probe proceedings, he added.Pujari also questioned the way the former RDC Rajput was transferred after probe was ordered by the Chief Minister.
The BJP leader said since 2000, the State Government has ordered 24 RDC inquiries but not a single finding has been made public.