A man allegedly hurled slippers at BJD leader and State Law Minister Pratap Jena in his home constituency Mahanga in Cuttack district during a programme on 13 November.
According to official reports, Pratap Jena, who also holds the Panchayati Raj portfolio, attended Sarat Ustav at Erakana of Mahanga. He was sitting on the dais after addressing the public when one person from the crowd hurled the slippers targeting him. However, the slippers skipped the Minister and hit his security personnel.
After the incident tension exploded at the programme and later police reportedly detained the person involved in the incident. Pratap Jena has been in the limelight over the sensational Mahanga double murder case. BJP leader Kulamani Baral and his associate Dibyasingha Baral were brutally murdered in Mahanga in January this year. As many as 13 persons including Minister Pratap Jena were booked under various sections of the IPC, including 302 (murder) in the murder case. However, the dropping of the name of the Minister from charge sheet was challenged in a local court which subsequently ordered a reinvestigation of the case.
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