Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee (OPCC) president Niranjan Patnaik on Monday warned that there will be a statewide agitation unless strong action is taken within 24 hours against those in the police who were responsible for ransacking the Congress Bhavan and beating up the Chhatra Congress activists, who were peacefully demonstrating in front of Naveen Nivas.
Condemning the police highhandedness, the OPCC president said it is for the first time in history that police entered different rooms of Congress Bhavan and damaged furniture and windows. Alleging that the State Government does not believe in democratic rights of people, Niranjan said they want to rule by using force.
The police have beaten up lecturers, school teachers, women, home guards and even scribes to terrorise the people, Niranjan said and added that they also beat up innocent people passing through the road in front of Naveen Nivas.
The OPCC president warned the State Government to desist from using force to suppress the democratic rights of the people. They should try to solve the people’s problems peacefully. Or else, the State Government will be responsible for the situation, he added. Alleging that Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik seems to have lost control over the police, Niranjan condemned the police attack on the reporter of a popular Odia daily and demanded strong action against the culprits.