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Suryakant Jena

A youth Congress leader was viciously attacked during a protest against Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik’s programme at Kuchinda on Tuesday. Jayant Kishan, the president of the Kuchinda Youth Congress unit was brutally thrashed by a mob suspected to be members of the rival Biju Janata Dal (BJD).

Sources said that hundreds of BJP and Congress party workers took out rallies as mark of protest against Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik who was distributing BSKY smart health cards to beneficiaries in Kuchinda.

Police took several BJP activists into custody for showing black flags against Patnaik during the demonstration. However, some Congress workers who continued their agitation over Mamita Meher murder case at the spot faced a tense encounter with some BJD members.

The confrontations escalated when a mob, reportedly comprising workers of the BJD, thrashed some Congress workers shouting ’Go Back Naveen’ slogans.

Several BJD workers allegedly surrounded the local Youth Congress president Jayant Kishan and thrashed him black and blue during the scuffle that ensued.

“There were more than 40 people who surrounded and beat up Jayant. None of the attackers were residents of Kuchinda. We staged the protest following due democratic norms but the BJD intentionally escalated the situation and thereafter attacked our party workers,” alleged a Congress worker from Kuchinda.

Another Congress worker said, “Though policemen were present at the spot, the BJD workers who claimed to be supporters of Sushant Singh scuffled with us. I managed to evade but they caught hold of Jayant and beat him up.”

Narrating the incident, the victim Jayant Kishan claimed that he was attacked by supporters of BJD Minister Naba Das and Sushant Singh.

“It is extremely saddening that BJD goons dragged me on the road and cruelly pounded me with blows but the police did little to prevent the attack,” alleged Kishan who is learnt to have suffered serious fractures on his back.

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