Bhubaneswar: Asking Chief Minister Naveen
Patnaik to relinquish the home portfolio in view of "rising
crimes" in Odisha, Congress on Monday demanded a CBI probe into
killing of two persons in police firing on March 31.
Raising the issue in the Assembly during an adjournment
motion discussion, Congress chief whip Prasad Harichandan
said, "There has been rise in crimes, particularly in chief
minister`s native Ganjam district. As he has failed to perform
responsibilities as home minister, Patnaik should hand over
the portfolio to someone else."
Quoting from the white paper recently released by the
Home Department, Harichandan pointed out that at least "three
women were raped, four persons killed and five looting
incidents take place in the state every day".
While at least 14 cases of atrocities against SC and
ST were being registered across the state, 22 cases of
atrocities against women were reported on daily basis, he
Demanding CBI probe into the March 31 police-villagers
clash at Phasipada under Kodala police station where two
persons were killed and 53 others injured, the Congress leader
wanted to know as to why the police did not use rubber bullets
and water canon to disperse the mob.
Police went there to rescue three persons detained by
villagers suspecting them of practising witchcraft.
"Police opened fire in self defence as the mob attacked
them with bombs and stones," the chief minister said, adding
36 policemen and 19 villagers were injured in the incident and
two persons died.
Patnaik said he ordered a judicial probe into the incident
and suspended a police inspector.
Unhappy over his reply, Opposition members then staged a