Bhubaneswar: Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan today demanded action against BJD MLA Debashish Samantray for manhandling and humiliating Pulwama martyr Manoj Behera’s relative in Niali. Pradhan’s demand came after the issue has hugged the headlines of Pakistani TV channel.
“The video of MLA Debashish Samantray manhandling martyr’s kin has been aired on Pakistani news channel. It is highly condemnable. The Chief Minister should act against the MLA”, Pradhan said.
Earlier, BJP and Congress also lambasted the Cuttack-Barabati MLA for such act.
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.
After the matter snowballed into a major controversy, Samantray apologized over the matter citing that he was unaware about the martyr’s relative.