Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

With the Opposition parties announcing to stage protests against Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik’s visit to Bhawanipatna in Kalahandi district on Monday (tomorrow), Odisha police is all geared up to turn the town into a fortress.

As per reports, elaborate security arrangements have been put in place for the scheduled visit of the Chief Minister.

“As many as 22 platoons of police force will be deployed to maintain law and order. DIG of Southern region will be the security in charge during CM”s visit,” said Kalahandi SP Saravana Vivek.

As per reports, Patnaik will distribute Biju Swasthya Kalyan Yojana Smart health card in a programme at Bhawanipatna OUAT premises tomorrow.

However, turning the heat on Odisha government over the sensational murder case of lady teacher Mamita Meher, Congress has called for a curfew in the city.

“We have appealed people to observe Janata Curfew by remaining inside their homes for one hour during CM’s programme,” said senior Congress leader, Bhakta Das.

Meanwhile, BJP has called for a ‘Chaka Jam’ in the constituency in protest against the Chief Minister’s visit.

Kalahandi MP Basant Panda said that the party will organise rallies in the parliamentary constituency and stage protests in all the blocks across Odisha to press for justice for Mamita for next 12 days.

“The Nyaya (Justice) Yatra, demanding justice for Mamita, will continue for 12 days in Kalahandi parliamentary constituency to save the interest of people. We will continue with our agitation till the concerned Minister is not dismissed and a CBI probe is not ordered,” said Panda.

On the other hand, BJD has announced to organise a women’s rally in Bhawanipatna to counter the Opposition.

“The Opposition is playing dirty politics. Whoever is culprit in the case will be brought into book soon,” said Kalahandi District BJD President Puspendra Singh Deo.

(Edited by Suryakant Jena)