Political row over late freedom fighter Laxmi Indira Panda’s missing grandson Babula Panda, has intensified further with BJP MLA Pradeep Purohit alleging that Babula has been abducted by the ruling BJD leaders.
While addressing a press conference at Bhubaneswar on Monday, Purohit alleged that Babula has been abducted at the behest of Energy Minister Pranab Prakash Das and former School and Mass Education Minister and MLA from Jeypore Rabi Nanda. Purohit also sought a probe into the incident.
The allegation of the legislator from Padampur in Bargarh district came as a counter attack on the BJD which had earlier alleged that BJP disrespected the kin of the freedom fighters. Besides, it had claimed that BJP had felicitated some of the families who have no relation with the freedom fighters.
On the other hand, the Energy Minister condemned the allegation and said it is baseless and Purohit has lost sense. The BJD has rubbished the claims made by Odisha BJP.
It needs to be recalled here that freedom fighter Laxmi Panda’s son Surendra, his wife Sujata and grandson Babula went missing after the felicitation ceremony by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Bhubaneswar recently.
While Surendra and his wife Sujata have already returned home, their son Babula is yet to be found even after Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik directed DGP K B Singh to trace him.