Jagatsinghpur, July 19 (LocalWire): Intra party conflict between two factions of the local Biju Janata Dal (BJD) has derailed all development work in Raghunathpur block of Jagatsinghpur district here.
With the conflict between Tirtol MLA Bishnu Das and local MP Rajshree Mallick spinning out of proportion and the rival factions clashing at will, leading to an unruly situation in the block, the functioning of the government offices has almost come to a standstill.
Locals allege that due to the clash between the two groups, developmental works in the block have been affected since officers and employees, including the BDO have stopped coming to the office for fear of getting drawn into the clash of the two BJD factions.
Even, contractors are being harassed pending approval of their bills due to the dispute, while hundreds of people coming for other work like old age pension, registration for Unique Disability Identity Card are being forced to return due to non-availability of officials and clerks.
The conflict blew out of proportion after Raghunathpur block chairperson Swapansarita Bal was assaulted by contractors belonging to the Mallick camp, on Monday last.
Ball is a known supporter of Tirtol MLA Das.
According to sources, the chairperson had refused to release payments of the contractors due to complaints of irregularities in the construction of a ‘pindi’ at the cost of Rs 90,000 at Antodaya High School in Puranabasant panchayat.
Angry with her decision, the contractors locked Bal in the block office and kept her hostage for five hours, even threatening her at gunpoint of dare consequences. She was later rescued by the intervention of local police.
After her release, Bal lodged an FIR against Saroj Kumar Sahoo, Manoj Kumar Mohanty and Pramod Kumar Swain at the Raghunathpur police station.
Similarly, Sahoo also lodged an FIR against the chairman Bal and her supporters.
According to the IIC of Raghunathpur police station Babita Dalai, the police served notice to both the parties for interrogation at the police station during which both the groups decided to resolve the issue.
Raghunathpur BDO Panchanna Pattyat confirmed that the block office has been turned into a violent battle zone due to the intra-party conflict between the two groups of the ruling BJD. “The development work has been affected due to the conflict between these two groups. However, steps have been taken to restore normalcy in the block,” he said.