Himansu Shekhar Rout

The information plaques for Mission Shakti Cafe and Mission Shakti Bhawan were vandalised on the premises of the Kakatpur block in Puri on Tuesday before its inauguration.

As per reports, the inauguration of the Mission Shakti Cafe and Mission Shakti Bhawan on the block premises is scheduled to be done by the Minister of State for Home, Tusharkanti Behera. 

According to sources, the names of Sarpanch and some others were not mentioned in the plaques. It is alleged that the supporters of the sarpanch and the block chairperson deliberately damaged the plaques. Following the incident, a complaint was lodged at the police station. 

The sarpanch concerned admitted that his supporters have broken the plaques because his name was not there on the plaques. 

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Block chairperson Sridhar Nayak and his wife & sarpanch, Rina Nayak spewed venom against the Minister over the incident. 

Some supporters of the Minister lodged a complaint against the block chairperson and the sarpanch. On the other hand, a counter-complaint was filed at the police station, alleging that the supporters of the Minister misbehaved with the sarpanch. 

Block chairperson Sridhar Nayak said, “The Mission Shakti Cafe and Mission Shakti Gruha were approved on my instruction on the block premises. The work is in progress and is not yet complete. Last night, the work was done in a hurry. My wife Rina Nayak, who is the sarpanch of Kantapada panchayat came to know about the work being done in a hurry for inauguration.”

He added that the sarpanch rushed to the spot and asked the people working there why the names of the sarpanch, the block chairperson, the vice chairperson, the BDO, and the samiti members were not mentioned on the plaques.

“The supporters of the Minister who were present at the site misbehaved with the sarpanch and pushed her aside. We have filed a complaint,” Nayak said.               

No reactions from the minister and police were received.