Himansu Shekhar Rout

Trouble mounted for Chhendipada MLA Sushant Behera who allegedly attacked a BJP worker during the third phase polling at a booth of Angul district under the Sambalpur parliamentary constituency, after Chief Electoral Officer Nikunja Bihari Dhal on Sunday ordered an investigation against him and sought an action-taken report (ATR) within 24 hours.

The CEO, Odisha, has directed the Angul Collector to submit the report.

The BJP sought stern action against the BJD leader after a video of the MLA attacking some BJP workers went viral on Saturday. A complaint from Jayanta Kumar Jena of the BJP legal cell on May 25 was emailed to the CEO. Jena also produced video graphic evidence against the MLA for alleged misconduct towards some BJP workers.

As per reports, when polling was underway, the BJD MLA was allegedly trying to persuade some voters inside booth no 84 at Similisahi of Koshala panchayat. A BJP worker identified as Siddharth Shankar Sahu strongly opposed such activities of the MLA. Sahu accused the MLA of indulging in booth rigging.

Infuriated, Behera along with his supporters allegedly attacked the BJP workers.

However, the reaction of the MLA couldn't be obtained. 

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