Bhubaneswar: Demanding arrest of BJD leader and Bhubaneswar Mayor Anant Narayan Jena and Chinmay Sahoo for their alleged links with fraudster Golden Baba alias Jyotiranjan Beura, the activists of students’ wing of Congress today scuffled with police near Sishu Bhawan square while trying to gherao chief Minister Naveen Patnaik’s residence.
In a rally led by Chhatra Congress president Itish Pradhan, around 200 activists marched towards Naveen Niwas, raising banners and placards with their allegation of BJD leaders link with the conman Golden Baba. When police resisted them at Sishu Bhawan square they broke the barricade and hurled eggs and tomatoes at police forces. DCP Anup Sahoo who was present on the spot also faced egg attack from the irate student activists of the Congress.
The agitation will continue and will be intensified in coming days until Mayor Anant Narayan Jena, Chinmay Sahoo are arrested, Itish Pradhan said.
Police took them to preventive custody. DCP Anup Sahoo said that case will be registered against those who hurled eggs at police. Action will be taken as per law, he added.
The links of BJD leaders with Golden Baba rusfaced after their photos were doing round on social media.
Notably, the Economic Offences Wing (EOW) of the Odisha Crime Branch has begun an investigation into the massive financial fraud amounting to Rs 12.04 crore and Rs 4.05 crore by the Golden Baba.
A total of 19 cases are pending against Beura in various police stations in the state.
The Commissionerate Police on December 31 last year had arrested the fraudster from Chandrasekharpur in Bhubaneswar for duping a resident of Keonjhar district.