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Sit-up row: Patnagarh BJD MLA arrested

24/06/2019 at 12:26 PM

Bolangir: Patnagarh BJD MLA Saroj Meher was arrested on the charge of forcing Public Works Department junior engineer Jayakant Sabar to do sit-ups in public on June 5, the video of which had gone viral on social media.

According to reports, the MLA was produced before the Patnagarh Additional District Judge (ADJ).

Earlier this morning, Patnagarh police brought the first time MLA from Khariar to Patnagarh and interrogated him.

The police action assumed significance as it takes place a day before the first session of the 16th State Assembly scheduled to begin from June 25 and in the wake of the Zilla Adivasi Sangha threatening to gherao the Assembly the following day on June 26.

Earlier, Sabar’s wife had lodged a complaint against MLA Meher in this regard.

Meanwhile on Thursday, the Orissa High Court (HC) too deferred hearing of an anticipatory bail petition the. The court directed police to submit a case diary in connection with the incident that happened earlier this month.


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