In a shocking incident, a group of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) activists allegedly vandalised the official residence of IAS officer and Odisha Chief Minister private secretary V Karthikeyan Pandian on Saturday.
This is perhaps for the first time that workers of a political party attacked the residence of a Government official possibly exposing the strategy of the BJP to target persons closely working with the Chief Minister.
Earlier on today morning accusing Pandian of meddling in politics violating service code, some BJP workers barged into the residence of the 2000-batch IAS officer and hurled cow dung at his government accommodation and damaged some flower pots while raising slogans against him. "Police should take strong action against those involved in the incident".
"It is very unfortunate that a public servant has been attacked". But Pandian arranged for some people to throw stones, bricks and eggs at me and protected them (no arrests for four months until assembly question).
On being informed, Twin City Police Commissioner YB Khurania and DCP Satyabrata Bhoi rushed to the spot.
Later in the day the state leaders of the BJP submitted a petition to the Election Commission of India seeking the removal of the bureaucrat and four others before February 24th bypolls in Bijepur district.
Deb said that Pandian is an officer of impeccable integrity. Hence, action should be taken on them.
The incident was widely condemned by the CM, the Congress and associations of Indian Administrative Service (IAS) and Odisha Administrative Service officers.
Stating that such violent acts and intolerance were unacceptable in a democracy, Deb said action would be taken as per law and those involved in the incident would be arrested. "It's truly shocking", Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said. His favouritism towards the BJD is not acceptable.
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