Bhubaneswar: The Mahatma Gandhi Marg here today witnessed violent scenes as BJP Yuva Morcha members clashed with police during a rally.
Several cops and journalists were injured in the incident as the BJP Yuva Morcha members pelted stones at police.
Protesting the deteriorating law and order situation in the state, the BJP Yuva Morcha workers initially took out a rally from party’s State Headquarters here and were heading towards the Odisha Legislative Assembly building through the Mahatma Gandhi Marg when police intercepted them.
Subsequently, they clashed with the cops following which police resorted to lathi charge to disperse them.
However, the situation worsened as the BJP Yuva Morcha members pelted stones, eggs and water pouches at police.
Several policemen, including DSP Amitabh Mohapatra, and journalists were injured in the incident. The police official was immediately taken to hospital for treatment.
“As many as 21 policemen have been injured in the clash. They are undergoing treatment at Capital Hospital,” Twin City Police Commissioner Souymendra Priyadarshi told media.
DPG Sunil Bansal also enquired about the health of the injured personnel. This apart, Priyadarshi and Bansal met Director of Capital Hospital Laxmidhar Sahoo.
On the other hand, some of the agitators also sustained injuries in the clash.
“Minister Naba Das was killed. The law and order situation in the state has deteriorated. We were staging a protest peacefully. We have not resorted to any kind of violent act,” said Thakur Ranjit Das, BJP leader.