Bhubaneswar: After the arrest of gangster Tito’s close associate Bapu Parida, Congress leader Bapi Sarkhel and BJD’s Jagatsinghpur district president Bishnu Das targeted senior BJD leader and Paradip MLA Damodar Rout over his alleged links with the gangster.
Bapi at a press meet directly hit out at the former minister saying that Rout is ring master of a crime syndicate operating in Paradip while Bishnu Das, the bête noir of Rout indirectly warned him of action if his links with the criminal are proved.
Bapi said that Rout had denied Bapu Parida’s link with Tito even after his arrest. “Rout is shielding persons with criminal backgrounds and a few police officials are helping him. When the Crime Branch arrested Bapu for his involvement in several cases, how can Rout give him a clean chit? Why is he (Rout) worried so much for Bapu?” asked Sarkhel.
Reacting to Sarkhel, Bishnu Das said he will carry out his responsibility as the district president of BJD if Rout’s link with gangster is established.
Das further stated sarcastically “I always fear Dama Babu as he is the voice of BJD. He always gives strict remarks on any matter. If he wants, he can block my carrier in politics.”
Rout too trained gun on Das alleging that Das collects montly donation from Bapi Sarkhel’s aide Santosh. “He is not of my stature. ‘Ghukalia’ is not a bird and Bishnu Das is not a man.” Rout said sarcastically.