Rashmi Ranjan

A delegation of the BJP, led by Leader of Opposition (LoP) Jayanarayan Mishra on Thursday, met members of the party’s youth wing, who were arrested in connection with a scuffle that broke out during a protest on Tuesday in Bhubaneswar. 

The delegation comprising Opposition chief whip Mohan Majhi, Dhamnagar MLA Suryabanshi Suraj and Brahmagiri MLA Lalitendu Bidyadhar Mohapatra met Yuva Morcha President Irashish Acharya and 21 other arrested party workers in jail and held discussions with them.

The saffron party also condemned the police excess and termed the cops as workers of ruling-BJD.

“The arrested party workers had injury marks on their bodies. As police enjoy authority, they filed cases; however, no action has been taken on our complaint. The Odisha Police is working as a BJD party worker,” Mishra said.

“The police are trying to tarnish our image. I strongly condemn the police action. Those who thrashed our party workers in civil dress are inhuman. BJD’s end is near,” he added.

Earlier on Tuesday, as many as 22 Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Yuva Morcha members were arrested following violent clashes with police during a protest over Naba Das murder and alleged deterioration in the law and order situation in the state.

As per reports, the police have booked the arrested under sections 307, 332, 333, 325, 323, 353, 147, 148, 294, 224, 436, 506 and 149 of the IPC.

It is alleged that 21 police officials were injured during the scuffle between the BJP members and the police.

(Reported by Chandan Paikray, OTV)