NSUI chief Satyajit Patnaik held, sent to judicial custody

Bhubaneswar: One-and-a-half months after the egg-hurling incident, Commissionarate Police arrested State president of Congress’ student wing Satyajit Patnaik from Laxmi Sagar area of Bhubaneswar last night. The student leader was remanded in judicial custody by a local court today.

Earlier, 15 members of the wing, National Students’ Union of India (NSUI), were arrested for their alleged involved in the incident.

On February 19 last, the NSUI activists threw eggs and waved black flags at chief minister Naveen Patnaik’s cavalcade while he was on his way to attend the annual function of the Students’ Union of Utkal University at Vani Vihar campus. Caught unawares, the police had to resort to mild lathicharge to disperse the agitators.

Deputy Commissioner of Police Satyabrat Bhoi said a total of 16 people have been arrested so far in connection with the incident and some more would be in police custody soon.

Police have slapped Section 307 (attempt to murder) against the arrested people.

However, the arrests were condemned by state Congress leaders even though the ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) maintained that they were arrested as per the law of the land.

“The ruling BJD is trying to suppress the movements of Congress workers. The arrest of the students is politically motivated,” said senior Congress leader Niranjan Patnaik.

BJD leader Sashibhusan Behera said the incident had nothing to do with the party and police have arrested the Congress workers following the law.