24 June 2019
Balangir: A fortnight after the torture meted on a tribal PWD Junior Engineer Jaswant Sabar, Patnagarh MLA Saroj Meher was detained by police on Monday.
Reportedly on June 5, Meher had been caught on camera while punishing Sabar in public for an alleged low quality work executed in Belpada section of Balangir district.
The viral video shows the legislator making Sabar do 100 times sit-ups within the deadline of five minutes in public glare at Gambhari village. Even Executive Engineer of Kantabanji, Lokanath Mishra, had allegedly slapped Sabar in full public view.
Irate over this, members of the tribal community have been demanding the arrest of the legislator and had also threatened to gherao the Odisha Assembly on June 26 if no action is taken in this regard.
Even members of Odisha Diploma Engineers Service Association (ODESA) had also threatened to observe a pen down agitation and further resort to cease-work agitation demanding stringent action against Meher and Mishra.
It is worthwhile to mention that Balangir Collector Arindam Dakua had mentioned that the allegations against the MLA and Executive Engineer have been found as factually correct. He had assured to apprise the matter to the State Goverment, which will take action accordingly.