BJP Leader Pratap Sarangi’s Vehicle Attacked

**Balasore:** As the number of poll-related violence is increasing during the ongoing panchayati polls, there was yet another such incident reported from Balasore where some miscreants pelted stones at the vehicle of senior BJP leader Pratap Sarangi at Nilagiri block under Rajbrahmapore police limits in the district on Thursday night.

According to the sources, the BJP leader was returning from election campaign at around 12:30 am when this incident occurred. He was campaigning for Zilla Parishad Number 11 candidate Subhastree Sethy in the area.

Pratap Sarangi has lodged a complaint with the police and held the workers of ruling BJD party responsible for the attack.

Thousands of BJP workers staged demonstration against the attack in front of Rajbrahmapur police station demanding immediate arrest of the culprits.

In a similar incident, the vehicle of Polsara MLA Srikant Sahu was on Friday attacked in Bhanjanagar of Ganjam district when he was returning after attending a party meeting.

A BJP team led by its State unit chief spokesperson Sajjan Sharma met the State Election Commission (SEC) demanding security for its leaders and candidates during the ongoing rural polls in Odisha.

In a significant development on Friday, the State Election Commissioner has dashed a letter to Odisha Chief Secretary and Director General of Police (DGP) expressing serious concerns against the growing poll-related violence and law and order situation.