Orissa clash: Cops check tapes for Tytler role

Congress workers armed with bamboo sticks had clashed with police during a rally demanding resignation of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik over the coal allocation issue

Written by Debabrata Mohanty | Bhubaneswar | Published: September 8, 2012 2:18:44 am

A day after Congress workers clashed with the police near the Assembly,leaving more than 100 people injured,including a woman constable,the police on Friday said they were studying CCTV and other video tapes of the incident for possible arrest of Congress leaders,including party in-charge of Orissa Jagdish Tytler,who allegedly incited the 40,000-strong mob.

Congress workers armed with bamboo sticks had clashed with police during a rally demanding resignation of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik over the coal allocation issue. A woman constable,Pramila Padhee (39),was hit on her head when she was on duty near the Congress Bhawan to guard a woman Congress leader.

The mob also attacked 62 other police officials,grievously injuring many of them. Several photographers were also roughed up by the Congress workers.

“We are studying over 12 hours of video footage of the incident taken by CCTV cameras as well as local TV channels. Those who incited the mob won’t be spared,” said Bhubaneswar DCP Nitinjeet Singh. He said so far 34 rioters have been arrested. “The attack on police was totally unprovoked,” he said.

Naveen Patnaik said the attack on the woman constable was “shocking”.

Senior police officials said it was pre-planned violence as the Congress workers had come armed with stones and bamboo poles. “The crowd seems to have reacted after Tytler egged them on with words like ‘todo,todo’ and ‘what have you come here for’,” said a police official.

Tytler said he was sorry for the attack on the woman constable. “We are sorry that she got injured. But our people too have been injured.”

In Assembly,the ruling BJD as well as BJP MLAs demanded arrest of Tytler for his role in the violence.

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