RDC starts inquiry into attack on BJD leader

Jajpur: Administrative inquiry into alleged attack on a BJD leader began today in Jajpur district. The Revenue Divisional Commissioner (RDC), Central Division, Arabinda Padhi started the probe by visiting the spot where leader Hussein Rabi Gandhi had been attacked and interacted with the district collector, superintendent of police and inspector-in-charge of Jajpur Road police station.

"An administrative inquiry has been ordered into the attack on the editor of Utkal Prasanga and BJD leader Gandhi allegedly by the supporters of the Korei legislator and I am conducting the inquiry," Padhee said. The terms of reference to the inquiry are (a) what circumstances led to the incident, (b) who are responsible for the incident, (c) whether police had taken appropriate action and (d) any other matter relating to the incident, he said.

As many as 20 people had filed affidavits with him over the incident. They would depose before the inquiry commission on August 13, he said adding there after he would submit the report to the government. Gandhi was waylaid and attacked with stones and weapons allegedly by the supporters of a BJD MLA from Jajpur district on June 20 when the former was returning after meeting of party workers and Mundamal in Vyasa Nagar in Korei assembly constituency in the district.

Gandhi who sustained serious injuries on his left eye and hand with his vehicle badly damaged had to be admitted in the SCB Medical College Hospital at Cuttack. Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had ordered a probe into the incident by the RDC.