Mrunal Manmay Dash

The Congress party on Monday lambasted the Odisha government over the honey trapping case and alleged it is evident from the arrest of Archana Nag’s aide Khageswar Patra that the Odisha police is hand in gloves with the criminals.

Patra has been arrested by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in connection with the case recently.

Drawing a comparison between police and ED probe, Congress leader Narasingha Mishra said, “The ED arrested the person who was spared by the Odisha police for long. Khageswar Patra is a criminal working for BJD ministers and Odisha police was shielding him for obvious reasons.”

“This proves two things; either the police is playing along the lines of the criminals or the current DGP is inefficient. Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik should answer these questions to keep the administration transparent,” Mishra demanded.

At the same time, Mishra targeted the BJP as well. He said, “History tells us that both the BJP and BJD are two sides of the same coin. Then who will catch the thief?”

Meanwhile, the BJP has alerted the BJD to raise Archana Nag’s case in the next Assembly Session. Speaking to reporters, Chief Whip of Opposition, Mohan Majhi said, “The BJP will no doubt raise Archana Nag’s case in the Assembly. We will make sure that the government answers all our questions in a satisfactory manner.”

The ED on last Thursday intensified its action in the lady blackmailer Archana Nag case and picked up Khageswar Patra, an associate of Archana’s husband Jagabandhu Chand.

The agency took Patra from his native village Gangeswar and is learnt to have been quizzing Patra at the ED office. The agency has seized Patra’s mobile phone and bank documents.

Notably, Archana Nag and her husband are cooling their heels in Jharpara jail. Kingpin Archana was arrested on October 7 on charges of honey-trapping bigwigs and extorting money from them.