Bijepur Assembly is to go for bypolls on February 24.
Police said, the chief minister escaped unhurt as Patnaik’s in the shoe-attack. “The shoe-thrower has been arrested by the police personnel present in the meeting and the chief minister was escorted safely out,” said a senior police officer of Bargah district.
Officer-in-charge of Barpali police station Subrat Kumar Behra said, “The man has been identified as Kartik Meher. A BJP flag was recovered from the arrested”
However, Meher during questioning told the police that he is not associated with any political party.
Soon after the hurling of shoes, party-workers nabbed Meher and beat him. He was rushed to VSS Institute of Medical Sciences and Research for medical treatment.