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Protestors barge into Minister Rout's residence, cop axed

Bhubaneswar: A group of five persons, including women protestors today stormed into the heavily-guarded official quarters of Agriculture Minister Damodar Rout protesting the problems being faced by farmers in the State and also his recent remarks against the farmers committing suicide.

The activists of Nava Nirman Yuba Chhatra Sangathan, the youth wing of the Nava Nirman Krushak Sangathan, a body of farmers fighting for the cause of peasants, storm into residence of the Minister in Forest Park area despite police deployment.

Shouting slogans against the Minister and the State Government, the protestors first gathered near the main gate of the quarters and later barged into the house and tried to sneak into the house when police intercepted them. They also demanded Rs 10 lakh compensation to the next of the kin of each of the deceased farmers and resignation of the Minister.

Acting tough on the errant police personnel, Commissioner of Police suspended Capital Police Station Sub-Inspector (SI) Jambeswar Muduli on the charge of dereliction of duty. Police personnel were deployed to guard the Minister's residence under the supervision of Muduli.

Meanwhile, Commissioner of Police YB Khurania met Minister Damodar Rout at the Secretariat and apprised him about the development.

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