Rayagada: The Congress party workers staged a road blockade near Bankili Chhak demanding a probe into the death of Purushottam Gamang, former Rayagada zilla parishad president.
Alleging that the Purushottam was murdered, the agitators resorted to the stir from 6 am today and blocked the roads near Bankili Chhak by picketing and burning tyres. Movement of vehicles from Rayagada to Ganjam and Gajapati was affected due to the protest.
Notably, the party had earlier raised suspicion over the death of former Rayagada Zilla Parishad president, Purushottam Gamang, who died on December 25 reportedly in a road accident.
Claiming that neither there was any injury mark on Gamang’s body nor his bike was broken after the accident; Congress MLA Tara Bahinipati alleged foul play and demanded Crime Branch investigation into the case.
As per reports, Gamang had met with an accident on Ramanaguda-Gunupur road shortly after he had lost a legal case to retain his chairperson post.
Gamang was admitted to a hospital in Srikakulam in Andhra Pradesh, where doctors declared him dead.