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Pandian house attack: one more accused held

| | BHUBANESWAR | in Bhubaneswar

The Commissionerate police on Tuesday arrested one more accused involved in the attack on the residence of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik’s Principal Private Secretary V Karthikeyan Pandian on Saturday from the Sarakantara area here.

The accused was identified as Balaram alias Balia Khuntia.

Balia was part of the group of BJP youth wing activists who staged a protest before Pandian’s residence on the fateful day and went on a rampage. After barging into Pandian’s house, they shouted various slogans against him and vandalised flower pots and vehicles and hurled cow dung targeting the gate.

Police arrested four persons conducting raids at different places following the incident which has triggered widespread criticism from different quarters. The IAS, IPS and OAS and various other employees’ associations also met the Chief Minister on Monday and demanded stringent action against the culprits.

With the nabbing of Balaram, the total number of arrests in the case has increased to five.




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