Governing BJD has caught the opposition BJP in wrong foot.
The incident related to the dishonor of the family members of INA’s late Captain Laxmi Indira Panda.
The family members comprising late lady Captain’s son Surendra, daughter-in-law Sujata and grandson Babuli, had come to the state capital to get felicitation from Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Raj Bhavan on April 16.
On the same day, Mr.Modi felicitated family members of 16 freedom fighters family members at a function.
Though the BJP brought Panda’s family to the state capital, they simply forgot about them and never made any arrangement for their return to their native at Jeypore in Koraput district.
The family members while boarding train to Jeypore were separated. While Panda’s son Surendra reached home, his wife and Panda’s daughter-in-law Sujata caught a wrong train and reached Balasore. She was ousted from the train by the ticket collector at Balasore station.
The hapless woman, who did not had any money at hands, was roaming by side of the railway track after getting lost in the crowd.
She allegedly attempted suicide when a local youth Debipriya Samal found her in distress condition.
He rescued the woman. Samal’s work has been appreciated by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik who felicitated the young man at the secretariat.
However, Panda’s grandson Babuli is still missing. Chief Minister has directed the police DGP to trace out Panda’s grandson as soon as possible.
When enquired, it came to the knowledge that Nalco was given responsibility to make arrangement for Panda family’s visit and return to Jeypore.
A Nalco official said they have given Rs 6,000 as taxi fare to the family for their return journey. However, Panda’s son Surendra alleged that they were ignored after the Prime Minister’s function.
Sujata, the daughter in law said she would never receive any felicitation in future.
The matter has taken political turn when the ruling BJD and opposition Congress blamed the BJP for disrespecting the freedom fighter’s family by inviting to felicitate.
BJP state vice-president Samir Mohanty as termed the incident as unfortunate.
But, one thing that came to the light was that Nalco was engaged by the BJP to ensure journey of Panda family to get felicitation.
Late Panda was a member of the of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose’s Azad Hind Fauz.