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Police Arrests Jagadev

Bhubaneswar: Senior lawmaker Prasanta Kumar Jagadev, who plowed his car into a crowd at Banapur in Khurda district on March 12, arrested here on Tuesday.

Mr.Jagadev, who was under treatment in a hospital in Bhubaneswar after being beaten by the mob during the incident, was arrested after discharge from the hospital, police said.  After producing the  MLA before a local court in Bhubaneswar, he will be taken to Banapur police station.  

This incident happened on March 12 morning near the Banapur block office where indirect election for the post of block chairman was underway. Several people and cops were injured in the incident. 

Following this incident, the irate people thrashed the MLA severely, who was first admitted in Tangi hospital and later shifted to a hospital in Bhubaneswar. The car of the Jagadev was damaged and overturned by the irate people.

In September last year, the Biju Janata Dal (BJD) led by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had suspended Mr.Jagadev following a video that has gone viral in which the MLA was thrashing a BJP leader of his Chilika constituency.

The MLA is infamous for his ‘indecent’ behaviors. In August 2020, a junior engineer had registered a complaint alleging misbehavior by Mr.Jagadev over booking a guest house. Prior to that in 2016, he was in media limelight for allegedly assaulting a lady Tehsildar.