Cong, BJP likely to stall Assembly over police action on demonstrators

Bhubaneswar: The Odisha Assembly is likely to witness heavy protests from Opposition Congress and BJP following Monday incidents in which police allegedly resorted to lathicharge on both of the party activists during demonstration.  Police also attacked journalists while they were covering the incident. The issues were raised by the Congress members in the Assembly on Monday afternoon following which the House was plunged into pandemonium for quite some time.
BJP Mahila Morcha and Chhatra Congress on Monday gheraoed CM’s resident demanding arrest of ex-minister Raghunath Mohanty. The BJP activists had a clash with the security personnel while student wing of Congress pitched a bloody battle later with the cops in their bid to enter Naveen Niwas over similar demand.
To disperse the agitating students, police resorted to lathicharge and the students too retaliated with pelting stones in which a havildar reportedly sustained grievous injuries. The police later conducted raid at Congress Bhawan to arrest the erring students.
Meanwhile, OPCC president Niranjan Patnaik slammed police action on the students and warned of a state wide protest. He alleged that the government ruled the State with lathi and gun. Similarly, BJP's Jaynaran Mishra also condemned such action of security force against the lady activists.