Saswat Singhdeo

Bhubaneswar: A video showing Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan engaging in a verbal spat with police officials at Burla in Sambalpur after landing at the MCL helipad yesterday has gone viral.

According to sources, some police officials wanted to inspect the helicopter in which Pradhan had arrived. Subsequently, a heated argument broke out between the Union Minister and police officials.

Speaking to OTV over phone, Burla-Hirakud SDPO Shishuranjan Mahapatra said, "As per Election Commission guidelines, two teams were present for routine checking. I was also present at the spot and Dharemendra Pradhan was requested to cooperate with the routine checks, but he reacted."