Ex-minister, ex-Mayor arrested for defying ban orders

Former Orissa minister Samir Dey and former Cuttack Mayor along with at least 50 other BJP activists were taken under preventive custody by the city police here on Sunday.

Updated: May 16, 2010, 21:02 PM IST

Cuttack: Former Orissa minister Samir Dey
and former Cuttack Mayor Nibedita Pradhan along with at least
50 other BJP activists were taken under preventive custody by
the city police here on Sunday for defying prohibitory orders
promulgated under section 144 of CrPC.

The BJP leaders were trying to perform a blood donation
camp on the auspicious occasion of Akhshaya Trutiya inside the
premises of a half-constructed temple located on the bank of
River Kathjodi near Abhinav Bidanasi which was earlier
declared as prohibitory area.

Claiming that the land on which the shrine namely Bharat
Mata Temple is coming up belongs to Irrigation department and
is being used as a crematorium, the district administration
had declared that the proposed temple is constructed
unlawfully and had clamped the prohibitory orders on the
temple basing on a Supreme Court guideline.

But Dey and his supporters under the banner Bharat Mata
Pujan Committee had on Saturday obtained permission from the
local police to organize a blood donation camp and a
felicitation meeting near the temple on Sunday.

Accordingly, BJP activists had cleaned up the area and
erected temporary structures for blood donation camp and
meeting.

However, the local police intercepted the BJP activists
while they were going in a rally to conduct the camp saying
the entire area near the temple had been declared out-of-
bound for the prohibitory orders have been extended to
the nearby areas.

Dey and his supporters defied the orders and entered
into the prohibitory area upon which they were arrested by the
waiting police.

The former minister and the former Mayor, including 50
others were arrested in separate phases for defying the
prohibitory orders, said the city DCP Rekha Lohani.

PTI