.........JAGATSINGHPUR: Tirtol MLA Rajashree Mallick on Wednesday accused former BJD Rajya Sabha member and newly appointed Deputy Chairman of State Planning Board, Bishnu Das, of being involved in abduction of a panchayat samiti member and husband of another member of Raghunathpur block in Jagatsinghpur district. The BJD in Tirtol Assembly constituency is divided into two groups, one supporting Bishnu Das and another backing Rajashree Mallick.
Adheikula Samiti member Manoj Kumar Sethi and Dharadharpur Samiti member’s husband Binod Mallick were abducted from a hotel in Puri on Tuesday.The vice-chairman election in Raghunathpur block will be held on Thursday. Raghunahtpur Panchayat Samiti (PS) member Dipu Tripathy and 12 members of the PS were lodged in a Puri hotel ahead of the vice-chairman election. Rajashree said two out of 12 members of the panchayat samiti, who were lodged at the hotel, were abducted when they came out for having tea on Tuesday evening. While she has filed a police complaint in this regard, Rajashree alleged that Bishnu and his supporters are behind the incident. She said the move was aimed at capturing the vice-chairman post.
In the recent Panchayat election, former chairman of Raghunathpur block, Rajat Patra, had contested for the post of PS member from Bidhyadharpur panchayat, but had to face defeat. His wife, Baijayanti Patra, contested from Eradanga panchayat and won the seat. Following this, Baijayanti contested for the chairperson post of Raghunathpur block but was defeated by Swapna Sarita Bal, who is a supporter of Rajashree.
After Baijayanti’s defeat, Patra had planned to elect his supporter as vice-chairman of same block. Rajashree, on the other hand, had proposed the name of Tripathy for the post. The Tirtol MLA said the kidnapped persons are no where to be found and she has sought the intervention of the ASP, Puri in the case. Wife of Binod Mallick, Chabilata, has also lodged an FIR in the Puri Sea Beach police station.
On the other hand, Bishnu Das refuted the allegation of abduction and said he was in Delhi for official work and had returned on Wednesday. “I will quit my post if Rajashree proves the allegation,” he said.