Bhubaneswar: A scuffle ensued between Congress Mahila Morcha activists and police personnel today while the former marched towards the residence of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik here protesting against the Chief Minister’s silence over Agriculture Minister Pradeep Maharathy’s comments on the acquittal of accused in 2011 Pipili gang-rape and murder case.
Shouting anti-Government slogans the women protestors today marched towards Naveen Niwas in a bid to ghearo the Chief Minister’s house for his silence. However, they were intercepted near Sishu Bhavan Square. As the protestors forcibly wanted to march forward, a scuffle ensued.
Maharathy courted controversy after welcoming the recent acquittal of two men in the 2011 gang-rape and murder of a girl at Pipili in Puri district.
It must be mentioned that Maharathy had earlier reportedly tried to shield the rape accused leading to his removal as Agriculture Minister in January 2012.
Though Maharathy tendered an unconditional apology on Thursday for his remarks, but it fails to pacify the Congress women activists.