8 cases against Tytler for Orissa violence
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Jagdish Tytler was on Saturday named as the "chief conspirator" in the September 6 violence here in which a woman constable was assaulted by Congress workers during a rally against Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik. Eight cases have been filed against the Congress leader by those assaulted. Orissa PCC president Niranjan Patnaik too has been named in the FIRs.
This spells more trouble for Tytler, who is under scrutiny for alleged links with arrested arms dealer Abhishek Verma.
Tytler, the Congress in-charge of Orissa, has been booked for inciting party workers to take on the police. The charges include attempt to murder, rioting, outraging the modesty of a woman and criminal conspiracy. Senior Congressman and editor of Oriya daily Sambad Soumya Ranjan Patnaik has also been named.
More than 260 people, including 63 police personnel, had been injured as Congress workers had tried to storm the Assembly.
Tytler told a local TV channel he dared the CM to arrest him when he visits Orissa on September 13. "I said sorry for the attack on the woman constable. But no one is talking of attack on our workers," he said. The Congress has filed two counter FIRs alleging police excesses.
Constable Pramila Padhi, who was assaulted, is out of danger. In her FIR, she said 30 men had dragged her. "They started misbehaving with me and hit me on my private parts... I tried to run, but they followed me with sticks and bamboos."
The condition of inspector Anup Kanungo continued to be critical.
"All the FIRs say the mob was engineered by Tytler," said Bhubaneswar Deputy Commissioner of Police Nitinjeet Singh. According to a senior officer, in the video footage, "there are slogans of him saying 'tod do, tod do' and 'ek dhakha aur do'."
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