Bhubaneswar, Nov 08 (odisha.in) Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik Wednesday described the incident occurred during the farmers rally at Burla as “unfortunate” and ordered a high level administrative inquiry by Revenue Divisional Commissioner (RDC), Northern Range.
Expressing his regret and displeasure, Patnaik said the Sambalpur superintendent of police has been asked to submit a preliminary report soon on the incident in which at least 35 farmers were allegedly injured.
Over 30,000 farmers staged a rally on Tuesday at Burla protesting against the government’s proposed decision to divert Hirakud Reservoir water meant for irrigation to industries.
“If the allegation of police excess is found after the RDC inquiry, strong action would be taken against those involved in the incident”, said the Chief Minister.
Patnaik iterated that his government was committed for the development of farmers and agriculture as a whole.
“No water meant for farmers will go to Industries”, he clarified adding” agriculture is our priority”.