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Cuttack: A Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) activist on Monday attempted self-immolation in front of the Tehsil Office in Narasinghpur under Cuttack district alleging inaction of the local administration against BJD MLA Debi Mishra for 'encroaching' government land. However, the self-immolation bid of the youth was foiled by security personnel present at the spot.

As per reports, BJP members have been staging protest in front of the Tehsil Office for the last eight days demanding action against the local BJD MLA for allegedly encroaching government land at his ancestral village in the district. The saffron party also alleged that the legislator's brother, Kuna Mishra is also involved in the land grab case.

Accusing the local Tehsildar of encouraging favoritism, Bijay Kumar Dalabehera, member of the BJP state working committee, said, "The Tehsildar has given into the MLA's fear and is taking orders from him."

"We have been sitting here on hunger strike for the last eight days as MLA Debi Prasad Mishra has constructed home on government land in his village, Damkata," said Dalabehera.

"Though, we had filed a written complaint on November 27, 2020, no action was taken for almost 25 days, forcing us to notify the administration about staging hunger strike on December 21. It is unfortunate that even the hunger strike seem to have no effect on him as the Tehsildar is only lingering the issue by shifting dates for measuring the land," Dalabehera added.

The BJP has also warned the district administration to hit the road if immediate action is not taken against the BJD MLA.

No comments could be obtained from MLA Debi Prasad Mishra in this connection.

(Edited By Pradeep Singh)