BJD red-faced as party MLA Debashish Samantray humiliates martyr’s kin; Opposition fume

Bhubaneswar: Trouble mounted for ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) after opposition parties and public condemned the act of BJD MLA and party general secretary Debashish Samantray who manhandled a relative of Odia CRPF jawan Manoj Behera martyred in Pulwama attack.

The BJP yesterday staged protest against the MLA at Niali market. BJP Secretary Lekhasri Samantsinghar termed the act ‘most unfortunate, heinous and unsavory. “The act of BJD MLA is heinous, unfortunate and unsavory. BJD is anti-national and its chief is a traitor. The party and its leaders have no respect for the jawans who laid down their lives for the nation. Debashish Samantray should be immediately arrested for humiliating and manhandling the uncle of martyr Manoj Behera”, she added.

Similarly, Congress media cell chief Satya Prakash Nayak condemned the incident as ‘shameful’. “It shows the culture of the BJD. The MLA who humiliated the martyr’s family should face action. BJD should act against him and party supremo Naveen Patnaik should apologise in public”, he demanded.

Former MP Baijayant Panda stated that he is happy to snap all ties from a party whose leader humiliated a martyr’s family.

In a tweet he mentioned “This is awful. This is not what BJD stood for when it was founded (& for more than a dozen yrs thereafter). It was bcz its culture was morphing into this that i spoke out, was ostracised, & quit. Glad i left, i cd’nt be part of something that openly humiliates martyrs’ families.(sic)”

Hundreds of social media users also criticized the act of BJD leader with strong words.

After the matter snowballed into a major controversy, the MLA tendered apology and requested for not politicizing the issue. “I was there to assure the bereaved family of the martyr. I was unaware that the person was his relative. I have not done anything with an intention. I apologized if the incident hurts the sentiment of any one. The matter should not be politicized”, he said.

Controversy erupted after a video showing Barabati-Cuttack MLA manhandling a relative of Odia CRPF jawan Manoj Behera martyred in Pulwama attack, went viral on social media.

Samantray pushed and manhandled the uncle of martyr Manoj Behera when the mortal remains was given last respects by the relatives, villagers, leaders at Ratanpur near Nilai in Cuttack district, the native of the martyr jawan.


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