NF Bureau: A video showing Barabati-Cuttack MLA Debashish Samantaray manhandling a relative of Odia CRPF jawan Manoj Behera, who laid his life in Pulwama terror attack, has gone viral on Social Media. The video captured by Kanak News TV channel during the LIVE telecast of Manoj Behera’s funeral, has sent shock wave across the state.
As shown in the video, the incident took place while people were paying their last respects to the mortal remains of Manoj Behera before the last rites at his native village Ratanpur in Niali block of Cuttack district.
BJD MLA Debashish Samantaray is seen angrily pushing Veer Jawan Manoj Behera’s uncle, who fell down near the casket. The MLA then hurled a few words at him. However, a jawan immediately rushed to the old man’s rescue and offered him support. The incident happened in the presence of Minister Pratap Jena and Niali MLA Dr. Pramod Mallick.
The MLA was reportedly upset and angry when the Martyr’s uncle came between him and the camera.
While Debashish Samantaray is yet to issue any clarification on this matter, the Odisha BJP has taken strong exception to this incident and staged protests in Niali yesterday. The BJP workers also burnt the effigy of Samantaray.