Congress apologizes for violence during Odisha bandh


Bhubaneswar, June 27: The opposition Congress was apologized for the violence during the Odisha bandh on June 26 over Brahma Paribartan mismanagement.The Congress State president to tender an apology at a post-bandh press meets.

The State-wide bandh was also affected the normal life of the people in Odisha.

According to police, in Shastri Nagar area of Bhubaneswar, angry people torched two motor-cycles and damaged several vehicles.

Meanwhile, the violence was also seen in Nayagarh, Dhenkanal and all other parts of Odisha, said sources.

A scuffle was reported between the police and bandh supporters when a group of Youth Congress activists tried to enter the State Secretariat premises. The hustle bustle seen at the Secratariat on a normal day was missing due to the bandh.

The chief minister’s and cabinet ministers’ arrival at the secretariat was disrupted due to the bandh.

To avoid any unwarranted situation, ministers were seen shunning their red-beacon vehicles and coming to the secretariat on two-wheelers.

As a precautionary measure, police tightened security in the state capital and other places. Police personnel in strength were deployed near the residence of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, Law minister Arun Sahoo, and other ministers and officers, the police commissioner said.


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