TNN | Sep 7, 2012, 10.00AM IST

BHUBANESWAR: Reacting sharply to some Congress supporters assaulting a policewoman during the party’s rally here on Thursday, theConstable and Habildar Association of Odishathreatened to go on a ceasework agitation if the culprits were not arrested within 48 hours.

The female constable, identified as Pramila Padhi of Infocity police station, was pushed to the ground, caned and kicked by a mob during a violent clash between police and Congress supporters on Mahatma Gandhi Marg.

“It is height of hooliganism by Congress supporters. If her assaulters are not arrested within 48 hours, we will boycott duties and hit the streets,” state president of the association Padmanabh Behera said.

The association members also threatened to abstain from the security duties of Congress VVIPs in future. “Some of our members, deployed to provide security to Jagdish Tytler were held hostage and beaten up by Congress supporters. Our van was also damaged. Under such circumstances, we cannot serve the Congress VVIPs in state,” Behera said.

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