Bhubaneswar: BJD MLA Debasish Samantaray today tendered an apology for manhandling a relative of Odia CRPF jawan Manoj Behera martyred in Pulwama terrorist attack.
Controversy erupted after a video showing Barabati-Cuttack MLA manhandling a relative of the CRPF jawan during the funeral of the martyred, went viral on social media.
“I was not aware that the person was a relative of Pulwama attack martyr. I apologise if it has hurt anyone’s feelings,” clarified the BJD MLA.
In a video that has now gone viral over social media, Samantray was seen pushing, shoving and forcing a man, reportedly the uncle of Pulwama martyr, to kneel down when the soldier’s last remains were kept for the final rites.
The BJP yesterday staged protest against the MLA at Niali market. BJP Secretary Lekhasri Samantsinghar termed the act ‘most unfortunate, heinous and unsavory.