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Ramakanta Biswas

Bhubaneswar: Activists of the Biju Yuva Janata Dal (BYJD), the youth wing of the ruling-BJD, recently took out a bike rally in the Capital city as part of the party's 23rd foundation day celebrations. However, the party activists not wearing helmets during the rally has invited severe criticisms from all and sundry.

Thousands of activists of BJD’s youth wing took out the motorcycle rally from Master Canteen to party office where they welcomed their party president and Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.

As most of the activists were seen riding motorcycles without wearing helmets (as seen in the pictures posted by some BJD activists on their Twitter handle), one twitter user wrote, “No helmet is required if you have a ruling party flag on your bike, even if the traffic police will not stop you at AG square... I saw it 4:15 pm at AG square today.”

Another Twitter user also said that he also saw the same near OUAT Square.

Similarly, a twitterati wrote, “3rd and 4th photo....something is definitely missing...and i guess its "helmet". Any action to be taken or they will plead guilty and excused as the recent hirakud incident?? These two pictures show the motive n whole story of @cpbbsrctc.”

Another user demanded that the activists should be punished. “Why such difference between a common citizen and chammua neta,” he questioned.

Stating that Ollywood actor Babushaan was penalised for riding bike without helmet, another twitter user wrote, “If @babushaansai was penalized for no helmet, on basis of a social media post, these guys are also culpable. Please take action.”

(Below is the screenshot of a Twitter post by BJD's youth wing president which has already been deleted)

Meanwhile, taking note of the incident, the Twin City Police has said the CCTV footage on violation of helmet rule during the rally is being inspected and accordingly action will be taken. The Commissionerate Police has further pointed out that since such incidents are problems in all political rallies across the country, steps will be taken to deal with it in future.

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