Bolangir: Patnagarh Public Works Department (PWD) Junior Engineer (JE) Jaykant Sabar, who was forced to do sit-ups by Patnagarh BJD MLA and later allegedly kidnapped, was rescued by police from Kantabanjhi district today.
Sabar alleged that the Patnagarh Executive Engineer slapped him on the instruction of local MLA Saroj Meher in full public view.
Notably, a video showing Patnagarh BJD MLA Saroj Meher forcing the JE to do sit-ups in public went viral on social media.
“Patnagarh Executive Engineer slapped and apprehending any further attack, I had to do sit-ups,” narrated Sabar who was rescued by police today after allegedly being kidnapped yesterday.
The video clip shows Meher pointing out the poor quality road work and asking the JE at least six times to “do 100 sit-ups.” After Sabar did some sit-ups and pleaded with the MLA to let him off, the MLA is heard in the video clip as saying, “If you fail to do the sit-ups locals will beat you up. This is an MLA’s order.”
The incident happened at Gambhari village under Belpada tehsil on Wednesday. The MLA inspected an underconstruction road when locals complained of poor quality.