attack on sikh businessman: Odisha: Akali Dal condemns attack on Sikh businessman in front of police in Bhubaneswar | Bhubaneswar News
In a tweet, Akali Dal’s national spokesperson Manjider S Sirsa said Singh was attacked as latter had opposed recent demolition of Mangu mutt in Puri. “Shocked and angry to see such a merciless hate attack on Amritdhari Sikh Parvinder Pal Singh ji in Bhubaneshwar; the attack looks planned and with full support of local administration. Singh was attacked cos he protested against demolition of Sikh Heritage Mangu Mutt in Puri. I condemn this attack which is a blot on Indian democracy & appeal to Odisha police to take action against culprits,” tweeted Sirsa.
Earlier, BJP and Congress leaders blamed the commissionerate police for the attack on Singh and alleged that the law and order situation worsened during BJD regime. BJP also alleged that the attackers were supporters of ruling BJD.
BJD spokesperson Sasmit Patra denied charges of the opposition. “It is (assault on Singh) is completely a criminal action. Police have taken immediate action against the perpetrators. Opposition should not politicise a purely criminal action,” read Sasmit’s written statement.
Police were left red-faced as a group of miscreants assaulted Singh in the presence of two cops on Tuesday following an altercation over parking issue in front of his house in Laxmisagar area. “I had called up police after some local goons misbehaved with me when I opposed their illegal parking of vehicle in front of the entrance of our home. A police control room (PCR) van reached the spot after 20 minutes. But the thugs attacked me at the presence of police. My child was terrified and inconsolable. Police just watched I was brutally assaulted with stones. I suffered serious injuries over my eye,” Singh said.
As the brazen incident triggered massive public outcry and raised questions on police efficacy, three persons were arrested on Wednesday. “All three accused – Sankar Rout, Deepak Mohanty and Deepak Jena – have been arrested and forwarded to court. CP Sudhanshu Sarangi has asked to submit charge sheet against them within 3 days to stand trial in court of law,” read a statement issued by the commissionerate police. However, the police didn’t slap Section 307 of IPC against the accused.
As a damage control exercise, the police have permanently disengaged the PCR van’s in-charge Subhash Chandra Rout, a retired Army employee. The PCR vans are manned by retired police and Army personnel in Bhubaneswar and Cuttack. Rout was suspended on Tuesday evening for negligence. Police said Rout should have prevented the accused from attacking Singh.