Odisha woman with ‘wife’ claim raids MLA’s quarters

A woman, who claims to be the wife of Talcher MLA Braja Kishore Pradhan, on Wednesday ransacked the legislator’s official quarters at Unit IV area in the city.

Published: 18th May 2017 06:33 AM  |   Last Updated: 18th May 2017 06:33 AM   |  A+A-

By Express News Service

BHUBANESWAR: A woman, who claims to be the wife of Talcher MLA Braja Kishore Pradhan, on Wednesday ransacked the legislator’s official quarters at Unit IV area in the city. The woman first tried to barge into Pradhan’s quarters located behind Rabindra Mandap but when her efforts went in vain, she threw flower pots at the windows.

On getting information, police rushed to the spot and detained the woman. One platoon force was deployed in the locality to prevent any further untoward incident, the police said.

Speaking to mediapersons, Pradhan said a number of people have witnessed the entire episode and captured it on camera. He, however, was mum on the claims of the woman. "The matter is under judicial purview and the law will take its course,’’ Pradhan said.

Contacted, DCP Satyabrata Bhoi said no case has been registered in the incident so far. The woman has been sent for counselling to City-based Madhyam Foundation.

The woman, who has been making these claims for the last three months, had staged a dharna before Pradhan’s house at Handidhua in Angul on May 9. She had even filed a complaint with Member of National Commission for Women Sushma Sahu during the latter’s two-day visit to the State.

The woman had also lodged a complaint with Mahila Police on February 13 in which she stated that Pradhan had married her on April 5, 2015 at Jagannath temple in Puri. Pradhan disowned her in December, 2016 and tortured her when she demanded social recognition, the woman had alleged.

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