Union Minister Bishweswar Tudu thrashes 2 Odisha govt officials; Victims hospitalised

Baripada: Union Minister and BJP leader Bishweswar Tudu allegedly thrashed two Odisha Government officials at the party office here in Mayurbhanj district today while the victims sustained injuries and were hospitalised.

As per allegations, Mayurbhanj MP Tudu called District Planning Board’s Deputy Director Ashwini Malik and Assistant Director Debashish Mohapatra to the party office located near Laxmiposi for a review meeting. After the two officials reached the place, the minister asked his associates to close the shutter and thrashed the duo with a plastic chair.

While Ashwini Malik sustained fracture to his left hand, Debashish Mohapatra was also injured in the incident. Both have been admitted to Pandit Raghunath Murmu Medical College & Hospital here for treatment.

The two have also apprised the District Collector about the alleged attack on them.

However, the minister has refuted the allegation saying that it is an attempt to malign his image ahead of the panchayat polls. The allegations are false and baseless, he said.

Tudu added that the two officials had come for a review meeting while he couldn’t meet them as he was busy.

On the other hand, the OAS association lodged a complaint against the minister in this matter at the Baripada Town police station.

On the basis of the complaint, a case has been registered under Sections 323, 325, 294 and 506 of the IPC.

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