December 18, 2016 8:52:36 pm
Stepping up the demand for a thorough and impartial probe into a video tape allegedly featuring Bhubaneswar Mayor, BJP workers on Sunday staged a demonstration and announced plan to stage ‘chakka jam’ across Odisha on Monday. A large number of BJP workers, mostly youth wing activists, demonstrated in Rajmahal area and also sought fresh probe into the death of an engineering student in May, 2016 claiming that the video clip had links with the case.
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As the demonstrators proceeded in a bid to gherao the residence of Mayor Ananta Narayan Jena they were prevented by the police, leading to a scuffle as tension triggered briefly in the area, a police officer said. The BJP state unit also called for a two-hour ‘chakka jam’ on Monday in all municipalities and notified area councils (NACs) across Odisha to press for a high-level probe into the whole episode including the video clip, death of engineering student Ashutosh Mohanty alias Rishi and mayor’s alleged role.
The party would observe ‘chakka jam’ and halt vehicular movement for two hours from 10 am to noon on Monday, General Secretary of the BJP state unit Prithviraj Harichandan said. BJP demanded immediate intervention of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik in the matter to ensure a probe into the alleged murder and video clip. A forensic examination of the video clip should be conducted in a central laboratory, Harichandan said adding if the state government failed to wake up to the situation BJP would intensify its stir.
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