26 June 2019
Bolangir: A day after his arrest for humiliating a PWD Junior Engineer (JE) by forcing him to do sit-ups in public, newly-elected lawmaker from Patnagarh Saroj Meher was hospitalized on Tuesday.
Reportedly, he complained of chest pain while in custody at Patnagarh sub-jail and was admitted to Patnagarh hospital in the evening. After a check-up, doctors informed, "He is stable but he will be kept under observation."
On June 5, Meher had been caught on camera while punishing the JE in public for an allegedly low quality work executed in Belpada section of this district.
The viral video showed the legislator making the JE do sit-ups 100 times within the deadline of five minutes in public glare at Gambhari village.
The police registered a case against the MLA on the basis of an FIR lodged by the engineer’s wife on June 6. Meher was detained for questioning and later arrested on Monday. His bail plea hearing is scheduled on July 1.