Cuttack MLA Apologises For 'Manhandling' Kin Of Martyred CRPF Trooper

19 February 2019


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Bhubaneswar: Cuttack-Barabati MLA Debashis Samantaray on Tuesday apologised for allegedly manhandling the relative of CRPF Constable Manoj Behera, killed in the Pulwama attack.

Behera was among the 40 CRPF personnel who were killed in the terrorist attack in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama district on February 14.

The viral video is of Saturday, when people were paying their last respects to Behera before the final rites in his native village of Ratanpur in Cuttack district.

In the video, Samantray is seen pushing Behera's uncle who fell down near the coffin. Samantray apologised for his behaviour to the kin of the martyr.

"I was just trying to make the person sit down when the martyr is being given guard of honour. I was not aware that the concerned person was the relative of the martyr. I apologise if I have unwittingly hurt anyone's feelings," Samantray said.

Prasanna Sahu, another CRPF trooper from Odisha's Jagatsinghpur district, was also killed in the Pulwama attack.

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Debashish Samantray, MLA, Cuttack-Barabati