The violent mob protested demanding Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik's resignation over his alleged favouritism in recommending people for coal block allocation. The mob predominantly consisting of Congress workers created ruckus outside the Assembly. The incident also saw a woman cop being beaten up violently by alleged party workers in Bhubhaneswar. The violent images of the same were captured by media and broadcast in various channels.
The Congress party has apologised for the same and on Friday, as many as 35 people were arrested for the brutal assault on the woman cop. The victim, Pramila Padhi has been quoted as saying, "I was trying to persuade people to stay calm when 30 to 40 of them caught hold of me, dragged me along and even molested me. They kicked and beat me up. They attacked me as soon as Jagdish Tytler called on party workers to break the barricades."
Odisha Director General of Police (DGP) Prakash Mishra spoke on the violence and said that they used minimum force to disperse the crowd. He added that the mob mostly consisting of Congress workers were armed with sticks, rods, bricks and stones and were mostly drunk.
Tytler said on the incident, "We are sorry that the woman cop got injured. There are two sides to the story. Our people have also been injured. The cops attacked us first. "
The Congress has called for a bandh on Sept 10 demanding a judicial probe into "police excesses".