Dharmendra disapproves attack on Pandian's Residence

Bijepur by-election BJD BJP move CEO against each other

Bijepur by-election BJD BJP move CEO against each other

"IAS officers should not be targeted personally".

Shouting slogans against him, they barged into his residence, damaged flower pots and several bikes.

The police managed to arrest four BJP workers from the spot and booked them under various sections of IPC including rioting and attempted to murder.

Condemning the incident, BJD spokesperson and MP Pratap Deb said the attack was "unfortunate and it exposed the real mindset of BJP leaders". Mr Pandian was not present when the incident took place.

The BJP accused Pandian, his wife and IAS officer Sujata Karthikeyan, IPS officer D.S. Kutey who is Officer on Special Duty to the Chief Minister and OAS officer Gopabandhu Dash who is Joint Secretary to Patnaik of working for the BJD.

Alleging violation of model code of conduct which is in force for the Bijepur by-poll, the BJP on Saturday lodged a complaint with the State Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) against four senior bureaucrats demanding action against them.

While the IAS officer was not immediately available for comment, the commissioner of police said that the attack on the house of a public servant was a very serious matter and must be condemned.

On behalf of the Indian Police Service Association, Additional Director General Sudhansu Sarangi said such vandalism and intimidation of a government officer is "totally unjustified and unacceptable". The party demanded legal action against the BJP.

IAS association secretary Vishal Dev said all the IAS officers belong to the Central Government and such attacks will not be tolerated. Stating it as a gross violation of the MCC, the BJP demanded action against Churia.

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