BJP, Congress slam BJD govt in Odisha assembly on law and order issue

BJP, Congress slam BJD govt in Odisha assembly on law and order issue

Bhubaneswar, Feb 27 (PTI) The opposition BJP and
Congress on Saturday accused the BJD government in Odisha of
failing to maintain law and order in the state, a charge
denied by the Minister of State of for Home D S Mishra.

The law and order issue was debated in the assembly
after a notice was moved by BJP whip Mohan Majhi who alleged
that the people of the state are not feeling safe.

The BJP leader cited several instances in which minor
girls have gone missing and, in some cases, their bodies have
been recovered.

He said that a two-and-a-half-year-old girl in Jajpur
district went missing in August last year and her parents are
yet to trace her. A woman, who is a college student, was found
with her hands and legs tied in Cuttack two days ago.

“The life has been miserable in the state,
particularly for women and girls,” Majhi claimed.

He said though Odisha”s law minister has been named as
an accused in the Mahanga double murder cases, the police have
not interrogated him.

A 74-year-old local leader of the BJP and his elderly
associate were hacked to death at Mahanga in Cuttack district
last month.

Similarly, Majhi said, the agriculture minister has
been charged with shielding the prime accused in the Nayagarh
minor girl kidnap and murder case in 2020 but the government
did not take any action against him.

The BJP leader also raised the issue of the threat
call to the chief of Jalespata ashram where VHP leader Swami
Laxamananda Saraswati was killed along with four others in
2008 leading to a riot in Kandhamal.

Majhi also alleged that there was an attempt to kill
the BJP”s Sambalpur MLA Jaynarayan Mishra while he was in
Sohela prison following his arrest in connection with a
political clash at Bijepur in 2018.
“I suspect something was mixed in the food given to me
in jail. I had no kidney problem earlier. But after coming out
of jail, I am suffering from a renal problem. This could be
the result of the food given to me in jail,” the Sambalpur
lawmaker told reporters outside the House.

Taking part in the debate, Congress Legislature Party
Leader Narasingha Mishra alleged that jungle raj is prevailing
in the state.

Atrocities on minor girls are on the rise while drug
mafias are ruling the roost in Odisha, he claimed.

Mishra said that though Uttar Pradesh, a large state,
tops the list of rape cases in the country, Odisha is in the
second position despite being a small state.

Odisha is in fact in number one position in rape cases
keeping in view its population, the Congress member claimed.

Replying to the debate, Minister of State for Home DS
Mishra claimed that law and order situation continued to
remain normal as there are no major lapses.

Two by-polls were held at Tirtol and Balasore
peacefully and the fight against COVID-19 was also peaceful,
the minister said.

He said the Maoist menace and the overall crime
scenario have been under control.

The police also made a breakthrough in a gang-rape
case after 22 years, the minister said.

However, BJP members were not happy with the
ministers statement and staged a walkout. Congress members
protested in the well of the House criticising the minister”s
reply. PTI AAM

Disclaimer :- This story has not been edited by Bollyinsidestaff and is auto-generated from news agency feeds. Source: PTI

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