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Niranjan condemns attack on Minister

Bhubaneswar: Condemning the attack on Culture, Tourism and Law Minister Maheswar Mohanty in Puri last week, senior Congress leader Niranjan Patnaik on Tuesday alleged that the crime and law and order situation in Puri has reached horrendous levels in the last ten years. 

“If cabinet ministers are being fired at, people will think twice before selecting Puri and the golden-triangle as a preferred tourist destination. Besides, the much publicized incidents of tourist rapes and frequent harassment of pilgrims at the hands of thugs, Puri has now become infamous for anti-social gangs moving around freely in the town in motor bikes with country-made guns and crude bombs extorting money, running drug and prostitution rackets and fighting gang wars. The government can ill afford to be in a perpetual state of denial regarding the actual state of affairs in Puri, the holiest of places in India and the soul of Odisha’s culture, religious belief and heritage,” said Patnaik in a Press release.

He further stated that the Chief Minister should carry out a comprehensive review and ask the police to curb the activities of various criminal gangs of Puri town with the full force of the law without any hesitation so that Puri can continue to be a safe and attractive destination not merely for pilgrims, but also tourists from all over India and the world, particularly taking into consideration Nabakalebara in 2015,” he suggested.

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