Ruckus in Orissa assembly over collector abduction case

Dubbing abduction of Malkangiri Collector, R Vineel Krishna by Maoists as a "well planned drama", opposition Congress on Tuesday demanded a CBI probe into the incident leading to a ruckus in the Orissa assembly.

Last Updated: Mar 22, 2011, 19:36 PM IST

Bhubaneswar: Dubbing abduction of
Malkangiri Collector, R Vineel Krishna by Maoists as a "well
planned drama", opposition Congress on Tuesday demanded a CBI probe
into the incident leading to a ruckus in the Orissa assembly.

"We demand a CBI probe into the abduction of Malkangiri
District Collector R Vineel Krishna and junior engineer
Pabitra Majhi as it appeared a well planned drama to divert
attention from the multi-crore dal scam," Congress chief whip
Prasad Harichandan said while initiating the debate on an
adjournment motion on the issue.
Krishna`s abduction took place on February 16 when the
state government was pushed to a corner over the dal scam,
Harichandan said adding that the young IAS officer was
released coinciding with end of first phase of the budget
session on February 24 evening.
"This is one of the reasons as to why abduction
appeared to be a drama managed by the ruling BJD leaders,"
Harichandan said.

Chief Minister, Naveen Patnaik, who is in-charge of
the home department, rejected the demand for a CBI probe into
the matter claiming that the incident was being investigated
by the state police in a transparent manner.

"Therefore, there is no justification of a CBI probe
into the incident," Patnaik said adding that it was a
sensitive matter relating to lives of two persons.

Asking opposition parties not to derive political
mileage from the incident, Patnaik said "it was not a drama.
The officials were kidnapped while on the field. It was an
unfortunate incident."

The chief minister also said that there was no
intelligence input from any agency on the abduction of the
collector.

PTI