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Dilip Kumar

Jagatsinghpur: BJP workers on Sunday staged protest by burning effigies of the Paradip MLA (BJD) Sambit Routray, alleging his misbehavior with the sister-in-law of liquor sales man Ullas Jena who was allegedly murdered four years ago.

Members of BJP Mahila Morcha led by youth leader Sampad Swain raised slogans against the MLA and staged protests at Paradip, Rahama, Kujanga. They alleged that Routray had threatened the sister-in-law of late Ullas Jena and misbehaved with her.

"We burnt the effigies of Paradip MLA Sambit Routray to protest his behavior with a constituent. We will take the agitation to every village of Paradip," Sampad Swain said.

On the other hand, MLA Routray rubbished all allegations against him.

"The woman had never visited me in last two years since I was elected. She spoke to reporters that I had pressurised police to stop investigation in Ullas death case. I just told her to stop campaigning against me or else which I would file defamation suit against her," Routray said in his defence.

During a telephonic conversation, Sambit allegedly warned the woman of police case for speaking against him in media. Part of their conversation was aired on a media.

Notably, the burnt body of Ullas Jena was found inside a liquor shop where he worked as a sales man in 2016. His family members had alleged that he was murdered before his body was burnt.

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