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Set Everything On Fire: Congress’ Pradip Majhi During Agitation In Nabarangpur

Nabarangpur: Congress leader Pradip Majhi was today caught on camera reportedly directing his party workers on mobile phone to set afire everything immediately after getting orders. The exclusive video of entire incident which took place during bandh-call by the party in Nabarangpur, is available with OTV.

“Keep petrol and diesel ready. The moment you get an order, set everything on fire. We’ll see what happens next,” Majhi was caught on camera, while talking to someone over phone.

Congress has been observing 12-hour shutdown in Nabarangpur today protesting ‘police inaction’ in connection with the alleged gang rape and murder of a minor girl in Kosagumuda Police Station area of the district on December 14. Various business establishments and markets remained shut while vehicular communication in at least 10 blocks of the district came to a halt due to the dawn to dusk bandh.

As per reports, Majhi was staging protest near Kaunriaguda Chhak in the morning when the Additional SP of Nabarangpur intervened and asked him to withdraw agitation triggering an exchange of words between them. An infuriated Majhi later reportedly called his followers and asked them to keep petrol and diesel ready.

In a related development, a vehicle was set on fire by some miscreants near Ambedkar Chakk in Nabarangpur Town. Though their identities could not be established, sources suspect the car was set ablaze after Majhi’s call.

Later, speaking to OTV, the Congress leader acknowledged that he had directed his party workers to set everything on fire. “I don’t believe in democracy anymore. Women and girl children are being raped during BJD government rule and I cannot keep mum. First a minor girl in Kundali was gang raped by jawans. Now, another minor girl was gang raped and murdered in Nabarangpur,” said Pradip Majhi.

“13 days have elapsed but the post mortem report of the deceased minor girl is yet to surface. What are the doctors, Home Department and Government doing?” Majhi said targeting the BJD-led Odisha government.

“We are being forced to take law in our hands and the government has compelled us to do so. As Gandhian principles are no more helping us to ensure justice, we are bound to adopt the ideals of Subash Chandra Bose. We are forced to adopt violence to get justice. I don’t want to regret whatever I said over phone. If I have to adopt violence to keep my mothers and sisters safe, I will not step back,” stated the Congress leader.

Meanwhile, Nabarangpur BJD MP Ramesh Majhi criticised the Congress leaders for instigating party workers to wreak violence. “Whatever has happened, police probe is underway and post-mortem report will also come soon. Venting out anger of his defeat in the 2019 polls this way is not correct. He has no feeling for the tribals or dalits because he only wants to remain in headlines through such activities. All the accused will be taken into task soon,” said the MP.

BJP leader Jayram Pangi said that protests are welcome but not violence. “At a time when Odisha is under officer-raj and the police here is not doing its duties properly, protests by any political party or organisation should be in a democratic way,” he said.

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