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Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

The youth Congress on Tuesday hit the State roads demanding the ouster of  Minister of State for Home Dibya Shankar Mishra for his alleged links with Gobinda Sahu, the prime accused in lady teacher Mamita Meher murder case.

Though demonstrations were staged in places like Cuttack and Bhawanipatna, police had a tough time when the Party's youth brigade marched towards Naveen Niwas in a rally to gherao (lay seize ) the CM's residence. 

However, when the police force deployed at Shishu Bhawan  (Residence of CM Patnaik is at Stone's throw distance from there) blocked their protest march, the agitated youth Congress workers torpedoed police with eggs, tomatoes and tried to break the barricades thrown by the police.  

The Commissionerate police foiled their attempts to break the barricades to reach CM's house. Around 100 Congress workers were detained following a clash with the police near Sishu Bhawan.

“Police forces were deployed to meet any kind of challenges due to the agitation. We  had successfully controlled the situation. Some agitators have hurled eggs and tomatoes at the police,” said Bhubaneswar DCP Uma Shankar Dash.

Meanwhile, Congress leaders today warned the Odisha Government that the party workers will intensify their agitation across the State if their demand is not met.

“In view of the upcoming Panchayat election, we will launch protests demanding the expulsion of the Minister in every panchayat across the State,” said Cuttack Barabati MLA Mohammed Moquim.

Reacting to the agitation by the Youth Congress, BJD leader Prashant Muduli said that the Opposition parties have the democratic rights to protest. But the government is committed to maintaining law and order.

“In a democracy, Opposition has the right to protest. The protests should not create a law and order problem. The law will take its own course and the State government is fully committed to it,” said Muduli.

(Edited by Sanjeev Patro)

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