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Saturday , November 7 , 2015

Egg attack on minister

Bhubaneswar, Nov. 6: After yesterday's egg attack on agriculture minister Pradeep Maharathy, today it was the turn of Debi Prasad Mishra to be at the receiving end.

A section of Utkal University students staged a protest while Mishra, who is the minister for school and mass education, was returning from the Vani Vihar campus after attending a conference.

The minister was shown black flags and eggs were pelted at his car, but they missed the target.

The students, mostly activists of the Congress-affiliated National Students' Union of India (NSUI), opposed the visit of the minister and other VIPs to the campus as the government had to failed to make the university a Wi-Fi zone and take steps to develop infrastructure.

They also flayed the government on the issue of farmers' suicide.

Speaking about protest, one of the students, Subrat Sahu, said: "No development has taken place on the campus. Neither has the Wi-Fi promise been fulfilled. Besides, the government is neglecting the cause of farmers. While farmers continue to commit suicide in the state, the BJD is going ahead with organising the party functions in the campus."

Police have arrested one Ajay Kumar Panda in connection with the egg attack on Mishra.

Vice-chancellor of Utkal University Ashok Das said: "The police took away those who were trying to throw eggs at the minister."

On February 19, chief minister Naveen Patnaik had faced a similar protest by Congress workers when he was on his way to the Vani Vihar campus.

Naveen was shown black flags and eggs thrown at his cavalcade.

If Mishra faced stiff opposition in Bubaneswar, food supplies and consumer welfare minister Sanjay Das Burma had to witness black-flag protest in Berhampur today. On the other hand, rattled by yesterday's incident and apprehending protest by farmers, Maharathy cancelled his trip to Bargarh today and returned to Bhubaneswar.

Even as ministers face protests across the state, there is no end to alleged suicides by farmers. Death of another four farmers - two from Nabarangpur and one each from Dhenkanal and Mayurbhanj districts - was reported today.

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