Even as the situation remains on the edge, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik appealed for calm and peace in the violence torn Bhadrak town.
"I sincerely appeal to all in Bhadrak for peace & harmony; have directed stringent action against any attempt to disrupt peace," Patnaik wrote in a tweet.
Patnaik is now on a five-day New Delhi tour and scheduled to attend the Inter-State Council meeting to be held on Sunday. Besides, Patnaik would also meet several Union Ministers to discuss issues relating to Odisha.
Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan also tweeted on the Bhadrak outrage appealing people of the locality to maintain peace and harmony.
Over 20 persons have been detained by police while Revenue Divisional Commissioner (Central) A.B. Ota, Home secretary Asit Tripathy and DGP KB Singh are closely monitoring situation in Bhadrak.
"Around 18 platoons of police force have been deployed and adequate measures are being taken to restore peace in Bhadrak," said Ota.
Ota further informed that senior police officials are closely monitoring developments and a close watch is also being kept on the mischief mongers.