PURI: Plastic chairs were hurled at Employment and Technical Education & Training Minister, Sanjay Dasburma by students of a vocational college at Alarnath in his Brahmagiri Assembly segment in Puri district on Monday.
The incident took place when Dasburma was about to occupy the dais at the inaugural function of the college. Some students, suspected to be supporters of Opposition Congress, shouted at him and threw chairs. However, the minister escaped unhurt as security personnel escorted him, police said.
Later, supporters of the minister allegedly thrashed the attackers at the meeting venue.
A clash broke out between supporters of the minister and the attackers following which police had to resort to mild lathicharge. “I do not know the reason behind their anger. It is totally politically motivated. In politics there should be Opposition, but it should be in decent manner,” Dasburma said.
The incident came barely within a week after eggs were hurled at Odisha’s Agriculture Minister Pradeep Kumar Maharathy’s vehicle at Balangir and stones were thrown at Higher Education Minister Pradeep Panigrahy’s vehicle at Rayagada.