Baripada (Odisha), Oct 25 (PTI) Police on Monday detained at least six JMM activists for allegedly vandalizing a statue of former chief minister Biju Patnaik here in protest against the alleged attack on his supporters by BJD workers. took. The incident happened on Monday afternoon when a group of JMM workers demonstrated at Biju Patnaik Gole Chowk in Baripada town. Some protesters attempted to climb the statue, while others placed placards against the ruling party on the barricades around the statue. Police said the policeman on duty was also allegedly threatened when the former asked the protesters not to disrespect the former chief minister’s statue. Based on an FIR lodged by a BJD leader, the police picked up six people and kept them in custody at the Town Police Station, Baripada.
Earlier, police on Friday arrested two persons for attacking BJP and JMM supporters during Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik’s Mayurbhanj visit. On the Chief Minister’s one-day visit to Baripada, the opposition BJP staged a protest demanding the sacking of Minister of State DS Mishra in connection with the kidnapping and murder of a female teacher from Kalahandi, while JMM workers in Mayurbhanj district complained of poor healthcare. Of. . was opposed. .