The Pioneer, 20th May, 2008
Bhawanipatna: Protesting against the worsening law and order situation in the tenure of the BJD-BJP Government, the Kalahandi Congress Committee, under the directive of the OPCC, on Monday organised a demonstration before the Collectorate here. About 1,000 party activists, who tried to barge into the Collector's office breaking the police cordon, were arrested. Former Union Minister Bhakta Das, former Revenue Minister Jagannath Patnaik, PCC observer Bijay Gamang and DCC president Rash Behari Behera and activists, including women, from 13 blocks besides Bhawanipatna, Kesinga and Junagarh courted arrest. The activists before organising the meeting had gone around the town in a procession.