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BJD suspends controversial MLA over assault on BJP leader

Prasant Jagdev had allegedly thrashed Niranjan Sethi when the latter was protesting “delays” in the distribution of cards under the National Food Security Act and assistance for construction of houses under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana.

By: Express News Service | Bhubaneswar |
Updated: September 9, 2021 7:37:16 pm
Prasant Jagdev was also removed from the post of chairperson of Khurda district planning committee. (File Photo: Twitter/@PrasantJagdev)

The Biju Janata Dal (BJD) has suspended Chilika MLA Prasant Jagdev — who has a history for unruly public behaviour — for allegedly assaulting a local BJP leader.

The Balugaon Police in Khurda district registered a case against Jagdev after an alleged video of the assault went viral. Supporters of the BJP leader, Niranjan Sethi, staged a dharna outside the police station.

Jagdev was also removed from the post of chairperson of Khurda district planning committee. “Shri Prashanta Kumar Jagdev, MLA, Chilika Assembly Constituency is hereby suspended from Biju Janata Dal with immediate effect,” said an official order signed by the party chief and Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Wednesday.

Jagdev had allegedly thrashed Sethi when the latter was protesting “delays” in the distribution of cards under the National Food Security Act and assistance for construction of houses under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana in Balugaon area of Khurda district. In the complaint, Sethi has alleged that Jagdev also attacked a photojournalist and snatched his mobile.

Jadgev has been booked under IPC sections 341 (wrongful restraint), 294 (obscene acts), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), 506 (criminal intimidation) and under relevant sections of the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act. “We are investigating the allegations made in the case. We have also received a video of the alleged incident and are checking the veracity,” said Manas Ranjan Barik, Sub-divisional police officer.

“I was at the spot to inquire about the delay in old-age pensions for beneficiaries. When I came out of the office I saw the MLA distributing land pattas. I objected stating that it was the work of government officials and not elected representatives. And then he started arguing and beating me,” Sethi claimed.
Jagdev was unavailable for comment.

In August last year, Jagdev was accused of misbehaviour with a junior engineer with the Chilika Development Authority. In December 2018, he allegedly threatened former Begunia sarpanch Naba Swain at the block office in the presence of district officials. In November 2016, he allegedly flung a kerosene lantern at the woman tehsildar of Bolgad when she was mapping a plot of land.

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