Bhubaneswar, Jan 12: Union Petroleum and Natural Gas and Steel Minister Dharmendra Pradhan on Tuesday visited Nrutanga village under Cuttack district’s Mahanga block and meets the family members of slain BJP leader Kulamani Baral, who along with his associate Dibyasingh Baral was brutally hacked to death by miscreants about 11 days back.
Pradhan also attended the Ekadasaha (11th day of death) prayer meet in the village.
On the occasion, Pradhan said family members of the deceased should be given protection first.
Resenting that accused persons in the Bikash Jena murder case were not arrested yet, Pradhan said, “The Law Minister has assured to provide appropriate justice. Let’s see when his assurance will be materialised.”
He expressed unhappiness saying that Mahanga has been made a house of corruptions. Once famed as the city of litterateurs, Mahanga has been converted into a city of corruption and violence, he alleed.
“While accused Bhikari terms killing of Kulamani Baral and Dibyasingh Baral as political violence, the Law Minister says the murder happened out of personal rivalry. The Law Minister should not be so much stubborn,” said Pradhan.
Pradhan said the two BJP leaders were killed as they had been opposing poor people being deprived of their rights.