10 January 2020
Malkangiri: Over demands of arrest of district collector Manish Agarwal over the death of his personal assistant Debanarayan Panda, Congress is observing a 24-hour district-wide bandh.
The Congress members did picketing and blocked all main roads. With bandh in effect all business establishment remained shut and vehicular communication has been hampered.
The body of Panda was fished out of Satiguda dam here by local police and Fire Service personnel on December 28. He was missing for almost a day and a search operation was underway when his body was discovered.
Local sources revealed that police on the basis of prima-facie evidence suspects it to be a case of suicide.
Panda is survived by his wife, a son and a daughter, reports further added. His family is said to be in utter shock over the untimely demise but haven’t made any demands regarding action against the incumbent Collector.
Accusing the collector of illegal activities, senior Congress member Pradeep Majhi said, “Incumbent Collector’s close associate Susheel Agarwal was neck-deep in extortion and bribing for Manish Agarwal. Later Manish Agarwal used to cover-up the scam.”