Odisha Minister’s son arrested for ‘attacking’ cops

Keonjhar: Senior BJD leader and Odisha’s School and Mass Education Minister Badri Narayan Patra’s son Debashish Patra was arrested here today on charges of attacking police personnel, sources said.

The Keonjhar police has arrested Debashish from Tangi area in Cuttack this evening after conducting raids at different places, the source added

The district police, however, is yet to formally announce about the arrest of the minister’s son.

Two cases were registered against seven persons, including the minister’s son, at Ghasipura police station yesterday for allegedly assaulting cops in a village.

According to reports, at least five police personnel sustained injuries following a scuffle with the locals of Padna village in the district on Tuesday.

The incident occurred when the police team comprising Anandpur SDPO Maheswar Sethi had gone to Padna village to arrest one Pradeep Sahoo, reportedly a BJD supporter, in connection with a fight between the members of BJD and Sana Sena recently.

Angry over the action by police, supporters of Sahoo started attacking the cops, which made them leaving the place empty handed.

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