Odisha Elections 2019: Pre-poll violence hits Bolangir

Bolangir: A few days ahead of the second phase elections on April 18, pre-poll violence erupted in Bolangir with a BJD worker sustaining critical injuries after being allegedly attacked by some Congress activists.

As per reports, some Congress workers allegedly barged into the ruling BJD’s office at Chandanbhati village under Sadar Police Station in the district late last night and attacked the BJD worker Prafulla Meher.

Meher, who reporedly sustained grevious injuries in the attack, has been admitted to the Bolangir District Headquarters Hospital (DHH).

“I was sitting inside the BJD office when a group of 20 to 25 Congress workers barged into the office and tharshed me,” alleged Meher.

Cutting across party lines, BJP MLA candidate from Bolangri Assembly constituency Ananta Das along with his supporters on Sunday gheraoed the SP office demanding immediate arrest of the accused involved in the attack.

“I strongly condemn the incident. This is not the fight of BJD or Congress, this is a battle between two families who are trying to create panic among people. We want an environment in which people can vote independently and without fear,” said Das.

BJD’s Bolangir MLA candidate Arkesh Narayan Singh Deo met Meher and held Congress responsible for the incident and demanded arrest of the accused at the earliest.

“After losing the support of people, a political leader here lacks courage to fight elections and so, resorted to such cheap politics. People of Bolangir will give that particular leader a benefitting reply in the elections,” said Singh Deo.

Sitting MLA and Congress candidate from Bolangir Assembly constituency Narasingha Mishra and Bolangir Lok Sabha candidate Samarendra Mishra visited Chandanbhati village and met the SP in connection with the incident. Later, Samarendra accused the BJD of creating violence in the region.

Meanwhile, one section of force has been deployed at Chandanbhati to maintain law and order situation in the village.

“After getting the information about the clash between two groups in Chandanbhati, the local IIC along with his team rushed to the spot and brought the situation under control. Sensitised and non-sensitised booths have been categorised and police arrangements have been done accordingly,” said Bolangir SP K Siva Subramani.