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VHP activists storm Orissa Assembly

16 Mar 2002


THE TIMES OF INDIA

BHUBANESWAR: Several hundred Viswa Hindu Parishad and Bajrang Dal activists on Saturday stormed the Orissa Assembly ransacking a part of the complex in protest against alleged remarks made against the two organisations by members in the House on Friday.
Stunned security personnel looked on helplessly as the crowd chanting 'Jai Sri Ram' and 'Naveen Patnaik murdabad' forced their way into the Assembly complex through the main gate.
The incident occurred immediately after the House adjourned for the lunch and as the legislators were leaving the Assembly premises. The mob, including a large number of young women, smashed glass window panes, hurled stones, broke flower pots, wrenched out name plates of several ministers in the Assembly library complex. A number of fire extinguishers were pulled out of the walls and thrown into the garden.
The ransack continued for about 20 minutes with the policemen standing helplessly.


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