IOCL row: BJP demands party workers’ release, action against BJD leaders

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Bhubaneswar: The ongoing IOCL row between the BJP and the ruling BJD intensified today after a BJP delegation met Director General of Police KB Singh here and demanded immediate release of 13 party workers who were arrested by the police.

Apart from this, the delegation also demanded action against two BJD leaders— Cuttack-Barabati MLA Debasis Samantray and Niali MLA Pramod Mallick— as well as Jagatsinghpur SP.

Reports said a BJP delegation having 10-15 members met the DGP and submitted him a memorandum demanding action against the ruling MLAs for creating vandalism in Tirtol Police station and at the IOCL meeting place in Paradip on February 7.

The delegation urged the DGP to conduct a thorough probe into the incidents and take appropriate action against the guilty.

It also demanded immediate release of 13 BJP workers, who were arrested by the Tirtol police at the behest of the Niali MLA, are innocent. Besides, it also demanded action against two BJD MLAs and a minister who were involved in breaking the barricades at the IOCL meeting venue.

The delegation also urged the DGP to take action against the Jagatsinghpur SP and suspended him for his gross dereliction of duty in maintaining law and order at the meeting venue.

The DGP, in his reply, assured the delegation that the police would take appropriate action against the guilty.

“We are investigating into the allegations of the BJP and will take appropriate action against the guilty in course of our investigation,” he told the media persons later.

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