Bhubaneswar:21/11/20: The second day of the Monsoon Session of Odisha Assembly began on a stormy note with legislators of Opposition BJP and Congress creating an uproar over custodial deaths and the Government decision to shut around 14,000 schools in the state on grounds of poor enrolment.
Soon after the House convened, Congress legislators tried to put the Government on mat over custodial death in Puri alleging that police beat the accused to death under the direction of the district SP. Terming suspension of Puri SP for the incident as just an eyewash, Leader of the Congress Legislator Party (CLP) Narasingha Mishra said strict action must be taken against all those involved in the incident.
In reaction, BJD senior MLA Amar Satpathy said the incident of custodial is very disheartening. However, since the matter is sub-judice, discussion on the incident in the House may impact the inquiry.
Congress legislators also raised the issue of the State Government’s decision to close around 14,000 Upper Primary schools in the state on grounds of low enrolment. Stating that education is a fundamental right for everyone, the CLP urged Speaker Surjya Narayan Patro to direct the Government for taking necessary steps in this regard.