Attack on Kharabela Swain: Crime Branch team reaches Rayagada for investigation

Rayagada: The Crime Branch on Tuesday began investigation into the attack on Utkal Bharat party chief and former MP Kharabela Swain during a public meeting at Kashipur in Rayagada district on November 24.

According to sources, a three-member team of the investigation agency led by Inspector Saroj Kumar Mohanty reached Kashipur today. The officials are likely to grill Sumant Nayak and P. Govindrao, who were arrested by the police in connection with the incident and were taken on a 2-day remand for interrogation by the CB.

Police DG RP Sharma had earlier ordered a CB probe to find out who was involved behind the conspiracy and the motive behind the attack.

On the other hand, Swain has accused BJD workers of orchestrating the attack for speaking against the State government.

Swain had posted a video on social media where he was seen being thrashed on his face and vulgarly abused by a man. The video revealed how the man assaulted Swain saying, “We know BJD, BJP and Congress. What’s this Utkal Bharat? Who has called you here?”

The attack on the leader has sparked widespread public resentment across the State with leaders cutting across party lines also condemning the incident.