The Mahatma Gandhi Marg in Bhubaneswar witnessed brutal aggression on Friday after a violent scuffle ensued between Chhatra Congress (NSUI) workers and police while the former was on way to gherao the Odisha Assembly. The activists had launched protest against state (Home) minister Dibya Shankar Mishra seeking his arrest and dismissal over alleged involvement in murder of lady teacher Mamita Meher.
The student wing of Congress staged protest at the lower PMG area of the capital city seeking justice for family of Mamita Meher. During the 'Bidhan Sabha Gherao' programme today, when they were intercepted by police, activists tried to break the security cordon and reportedly hurled eggs and tomatoes at the cops.
During the 'Bidhan Sabha Gherao' programme today, when the activists were intercepted by police, they tried to break the security cordon and reportedly hurled eggs and tomatoes at the cops.
Soon a scuffle broke out and police lathi-charged student Congress workers while they were trying to barge into the State Assembly premises after breaking through the security cordon.
Bhubaneswar DCP said some Congress workers tried to set ablaze police vehicles but fire services personnel immediately intervened to prevent any untoward incident.
Police had to baton-charge protestors as a move to control the situation.
Several Chhatra Congress activists sustained grievous injuries after police and security forces baton charged to disperse protestors. Congress alleged all this has happened because they are being instructed by their 'aka' the MoS Home Dibya Shankar Mishra and CM Naveen Patnaik to suppress the voice of protest against the 'unethical' government of Odisha.
Post-violence scenes from the protest site.
Chhatra Congress activists refused to vacate the area and sat on dharna near Master Canteen square in protest against police brutality and demanded stringent action against erring police.