DHENKANAL: Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan on Monday condemned the alleged bomb attack on the residence of Dhenkanal Municipality Chairman Jayanti Patra. In a series of tweets, Pradhan said he spoke to Chief Police Officer Odisha about the series of attacks on Jayanti’s house. He also urged Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik to ensure strict action against disbelievers.
“I am sure @homeodisha who is also led by Hon. @CMO_Odisha will take strict measures to ensure that no disbeliever roams free and will also act fervently for crime prevention and maintenance of the law and order,” Pradhan said. Stating that Dhenkanal is a peace-loving place, the Union Minister said that the recent trend of violence before and after the elections is bad publicity of the law and order situation as well as the democratic ethos of the state.
Pradhan expressed concern over the brazenness of the attacks on Patra and said the voice of BJP leaders would not be silenced by such acts of terror and intimidation. Meanwhile, a delegation of four BJP members, including two MPs, visited Dhenkanal that day. The team included MP Brahmagiri Lalatendu Bidyadhar Mohapatra, his counterpart Loisingha Mukesh Mahaling and party vice presidents Prabhati Parida and Anima Subhadarshan.
The team met with Jayanti and her husband Ramachandra Patra, a former MP. The members also chatted with Dhenkanal collector Saroj Kumar Sethy. Denouncing the attacks on the newly elected municipal president, the BJP leaders blamed the police for not arresting the thugs.
An officer from the Dhenkanal town police station said that so far no one has been arrested in connection with the suspected bomb attack on the township chairman’s house on Saturday night. An investigation is ongoing and those involved in the incident will soon be arrested, he added. Meanwhile, police arrested four of the five defendants involved in the March 30 shooting at Jayanti’s house.