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Odisha CM's Private Secretary's residence vandalised, Patnaik condemns BJP

IANS  |  Bhubaneswar 

A group of BJP workers on Saturday barged into Odisha Chief Minister's V.K. Pandian's official residence here and indulged in vandalism, which was dubbed "absolutely shocking" by

"It's an absolutely shocking incident. Particularly as some members of a national party have agreed that they took part in the incident. It's truly shocking," the said on the sidelines of his Puri visit for ongoing silver jubilee function of the solemn 'Pattabhishek' ceremony performed by Puri Shankaracharya at the Govardhan Peeth.

The workers accused Pandian of working for the ruling in the state.

The state bodies of the IAS, and also condemned the attack, even as police arrested four members of the

said all officers belong to the central government and such attacks will not be tolerated.

"officers should not be targeted personally. They belong to the central government. It is sad and unfortunate to see that an is being targeted here. Time has come to initiate strong action," said Dev.

On behalf of the Indian Police Service Association, said such vandalism and intimidation of a is "totally unjustified and unacceptable".

On the other hand, a BJP delegation on Saturday met Odisha Chief Electoral (CEO) to seek the dismissal of four bureaucrats, including Pandian.

The BJP accused Pandian, his wife and Sujata Karthikeyan, who is on Special Duty to the and OAS who is to of working for the BJD.



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First Published: Sat, February 10 2018. 20:34 IST