A ‘bomb’ thrown at the residence of the president of the municipality of Odisha – Reuters

By Express press service

DHENKANAL: A bomb was reportedly thrown at the residence of BJP’s Dhenkanal Municipality President Jayanti Patra in Similia Sahi here on Saturday night.

The door to Jayanti’s house and the surrounding wall were damaged by the explosion. The bombing closely follows disbelievers who fired blanks at the president’s residence on the night of March 30.

Jayanti’s husband, Ramachandra Patra, said they were sleeping in their house when at around 1.40am they woke up with a loud explosion. Panicking, they rushed outside and saw that there was smoke all around and their door was damaged.

“The bombing proves that our family is the target of those who could not tolerate my wife becoming president of the municipality by defeating the ruling candidate of the BJD. The villains who opened fire on our residence are still at large. We will meet Dhenkanal SP on Monday. If necessary, we will also approach the DGP about the frequent attacks on our house,” said Ramachandra, former MP.

Sources said that shortly after the incident, a police team rushed to Jayanti’s residence. A police officer who requested anonymity said disbelievers threw a cracker at the president’s house. A scientific team has been hired for the investigation. On Sunday, Jayanti filed an FIR with Dhenkanal city police in this regard. Based on his complaint, a file was registered.

Dhenkanal town police said two of the five defendants involved in the shooting at Jayanti’s house on March 30 had been arrested. Raids are carried out in different places to catch the other fugitives. Sources said there was bitter animosity between the local BJD and BJP camp after Jayanti won the post of president in the recently concluded urban local body polls.