FIR against BJD MLA for threatening journalist

Jajpur: An FIR was registered against BJD MLA and former state minister Pramila Mallik by police today for allegedly abusing and issuing threat to a reporter of a local daily.

A counter case against the reporter was also registered on the basis of a complaint lodged by a local sarpanch and supporter of Mallik.

Police said the reporter`s case was registered at Binjharpur police station in Jajpur district and both FIRs were being probed.

We have registered two separate cases under sections 294 (uttering obscene words in or near public place) and 506 C (criminal intimidation) of IPC. Jajpur Sub-divisional Police Officer Dipty Roy has been asked to conduct investigation into the allegations, Jajpur superintendent of police Deepak Kumar said.

The reporter Debendra Samal in his FIR alleged that he was threatened by the minister at her residence at Mansada village on Monday when he went there to get payment for an advertisement given by her a few of days ago.

When he requested her for the payment, she allegedly flew into a rage and abused him in `filthy language`. "She also threatened to kill me," the reporter alleged.

Dillip Roul, sarpanch of Mansada panchayat said in his counter FIR that Samal had barged into MLA`s room and abused her in vulgar language without any provocation.

When contacted, Mallik said the reporter had reached her house in a drunken state.

"Not only did he threaten me but also abused me in vulgar language. He demanded Rs 10,000 per day from me till the Panchayat election was over (on February 19). He also threatened if the money was not paid to him, he will teach me a lesson. I said nothing to him. I remained silent as he was not in a condition to listen to any thing."