By Our Correspondent
Bhubaneswar, Jan. 10: Bharatiya Janata Party spokesperson Sajjan Sharma on Wednesday pointed fingers at Bargarh superintendent of police B Jugal Kishore for ruling out political angles in the attack on a BJP activist’s house at Padagoaon under Bijepur block in Bargarh district.
“How did the SP Mr Kishore know that there is no involvement of politicians in the firing incident when the investigation is on? The SP is acting as the spokesperson of the BJD,” Mr Sharma said.
He tried to drive his point home by saying that the police had arrested two persons in haste to put an end to the widespread resentment over the involvement of local BJD leaders in the dastardly act.
“The arrested persons – Mohammad Arshad alias Raja Khan and Sushant Bhoi have strong links with the BJD leaders. It is strongly suspected that they fired bullets at the BJP activist’s house at the behest of a powerful local leader,” Mr Sharma said, adding, the police is acting as stooge of the BJD.
BJD spokesperson Pratap Deb said the BJP was leveling baseless allegations “as they find it difficult to organise their cadres in Bijepur before the poll.”
As political confrontation between BJP and BJD intensifies after the attack on saffron party activist Manoranjan Meher’s house in Bijepur’s Padagaon village, Bargarh Police on Tuesday arrested two persons for their suspected involvement in the firing incident.
The Bargarh police was on Tuesday quick to claim that main accused Mohammad Arshad had previous animosity with Manoranjan, the BJP activist, and his attack had no political undertone in the firing incident.
Bargarh Police had also seized a MUV and a country-made revolver from Khan and Sushatan. Khan belongs to Luharachati while Bhoi is a native of Sohela. Khan currently resides at Ambapali in Bargarh district.
The SP had said Khan admitted to the crime but declined having any political motive. Since an old rivalry existed between Khan and Manoranjan, the former was looking for an opportunity to settle the scores with the BJP activist, police added.
“When Khan saw the video of Manoranjan bad mouthing BJD leader and Labour minister Sushant Singh in public, he planned to take advantage of the situation and add political colour to the firing,” the SP had said.
On Tuesday, the BJP workers had staged demonstrations across Western Odisha demanding action against Labour Minister Singh, effigies of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik were burnt at Golebazar in Sambalpur and at NAC Chowk of Boudh. The BJP workers had also submitted a memorandum to the Governor in Sonepur, Boudh and Balangir.