BJP workers vandalise residence of CM Naveen Patnaik's secretary in Odisha

Police guarding the residence of IAS officer VK Pandian after an attack by BJP activists. | Express

On Saturday, the BJP activists staged demonstration before the official residence of Mr Pandian, private secretary to Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik alleging that he is working for the ruling BJD.

The Commissionerate police arrested four BJP youth activists; and after their bails were rejected by the SDJM, Bhubaneswar, they were sent to the Jharpada jail here. They also broke flower pots, damaged few vehicles parked in the premises and pelted stones. "I was also removed from my position over a communal issue", reacted Damodar Rout on Pandian.

"It's an absolutely shocking incident".

"It's absolutely shocking incident, particularly as some members of a national party have agreed that they took part in it; It is truly shocking", Patnaik was quoted by Kalinga TV. The incident took place when Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik was addressing a public rally in Odisha's Balasore when a woman from the crowd threw eggs at the chief minister.

The four officers were, however, not immediately available for comment. The senior police officer said the attack on the house of a civil service officer was a serious matter.

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BJD spokesperson and parliamentarian Pratap Deb said the attack was "unfortunate and it exposed the real mindset of BJP leaders".

"On this occasion we would like to thank all the other associations, the IPS, the OAS and the Forest Association for who have expressed solidarity with us and strongly condemned the incident. Strong action will be taken against those involved in the act", Mr Khurania said.

An extraordinary meeting of the association presided over by agriculture production commissioner BK Dhal was held here today in the wake of attack on the official residence of two of its serving members.

The group of miscreants stormed into the compound of the official quarters of V K Pandian, a senior IAS officer and the private secretary to the chief minister, and indulged in vandalism, police said.

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