Bhubaneswar: The Congress on Friday said it was sorry for the assault on a woman constable during its rally here as the name of AICC in-charge of Odisha Jagadish Tytler came up.
Narrating her experience, the woman constable said, "About 30 to 40 youths attacked me, showered blows, kicked me from back as soon as Jagdish Tytler called on party workers to break the barricade."
Defending Tytler, Congress Chief Whip Prasad Harichandan said that Tytler had asked the partymen to come forward for jail Bharo. "He did not instigate violence.
"I do not think calling upon partymen to court arrest is any crime or instigation," the Congress Chief Whip said.
"This is an unfortunate incident. We are sorry for the assault on the lady constable. Women police should not be deployed at the forefront. We demand action against senior police officers responsible for deployment of women at sensitive places," he said after party MLAs boycotted the assembly.
Leader of Opposition Bhupinder Singh of Congress sought to give a different spin saying "All people present at the rally were not Congress activists. Some people, who are angry over the BJD government`s misrule, may have assaulted the woman constable."
Tytler, on the other hand, told a news channel that it was wrong to assault a woman. "There is a bid to defame us in public. The incident has proved that Naveen Patnaik is incapable of giving good governance."