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Uproar in Odisha Assembly over rape cases in Balasore district

Press Trust of India  |  Bhubaneswar 

The Assembly today witnessed repeated adjournments amid an uproar by the members over the "deteriorating law and order situation" in the state.

As soon as the House assembled for the Question Hour, of the urged P K Amat to initiate a discussion on the two recent rape cases in district.

A nine-year-old girl was allegedly raped by a local youth yesterday when she had gone out to attend a fair in Soro police station area of the district. The incident happened two days after another four-year-old girl was allegedly raped by her neighbour and her private parts mutilated in Nilagiri area of the district.

As the refused to initiate the discussion, angry members rushed to the well of the House, shouting slogans against the Some of them tried to dislodge the microphone from the Speaker's table.

Unable to run the House, the adjourned the House till 11.30 am.

The Assembly, however, witnessed a similar situation when the members reassembled for the Zero Hour. The MLAs sought a statement from the CM on the two rape cases.

Despite requests, when the Congress members refused to relent, the Speaker adjourned the House for the second time in the day till 3 pm. Amat said he will give a ruling on the matter in the evening.

"The is yet to take any action on the two rape cases in district," Mishra told reporters outside the House.

Nilagiri MLA Sukant Nayak, on his part, said he came to know about the incident from TV and

The police are investigating into the incident and those found guilty in the two cases would be punished, he told reporters.

Samir Ranjan Dash, member and party spokesman, said, "The never spares culprits. Strong action will be taken in these cases too. However, the way the members stalled the Question Hour today was unfair. They could have raised the issue at an appropriate forum.

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First Published: Mon, April 16 2018. 16:55 IST