Rajakanika Police Action: Ruckus in Odisha Assembly, Arukh in Trouble

Bhubaneswar, March 13: The opposition Congress on Friday stormed the Odisha Assembly and put Parliamentary Affairs minister Bikram Keshari Arukh in a big trouble over the issue of police crackdown on the anti-liquor women protesters in Namtara village of Rajakanika block in Kendrapara district.

The opposition moved a privilege notice against Arukh for presenting false information and misleading statements in the House on police firing on the anti-liquor women protesters last Sunday.

On March 11, Arukh had reportedly told the House while replying to a debate on the adjournment motion moved by the Congress on the police action against women protesters at Namtara village in Rajakanika block, backed the police action. He said that police had resorted to blank firing to disperse the anti-liquor protesters, but no casualty was reported.

Opposing the statement, Congress MLA Debendra Sharma on Friday moved a privilege motion against Arukh. He claimed that six people were injured in the police action last Sunday.

The motion was supported by Congress members Taraprasad Bahinipati and Prafulla Majhi.

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