Niranjan condemns attack on Minister

Bhubaneswar: Condemning
the attack on Culture, Tourism and Law Minister Maheswar Mohanty in Puri last
week, senior Congress leader Niranjan Patnaik on Tuesday alleged that the crime
and law and order situation in Puri has reached horrendous levels in the last
ten years. 
“If cabinet ministers
are being fired at, people will think twice before selecting Puri and the
golden-triangle as a preferred tourist destination. Besides, the much
publicized incidents of tourist rapes and frequent harassment of pilgrims at
the hands of thugs, Puri has now become infamous for anti-social gangs moving
around freely in the town in motor bikes with country-made guns and crude bombs
extorting money, running drug and prostitution rackets and fighting gang wars.
The government can ill afford to be in a perpetual state of denial regarding
the actual state of affairs in Puri, the holiest of places in India and the
soul of Odisha’s culture, religious belief and heritage,” said Patnaik in a
Press release.
He further stated that the
Chief Minister should carry out a comprehensive review and ask the police to
curb the activities of various criminal gangs of Puri town with the full force
of the law without any hesitation so that Puri can continue to be a safe and
attractive destination not merely for pilgrims, but also tourists from all over
India and the world, particularly taking into consideration Nabakalebara in
2015,” he suggested.

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