Police-villagers clash leaves SI injured

KalingaTV News Network

Khordha: Tension ran high in Panchala village under Balianta police limits in the district last night, after a group of women attacked a police team and left a Sub Inspector (SI) injured. The team had reached the village to intervene in a dispute which had occurred between three ‘dalit’ families.

The injured cop has been identified as Sudheer Kumar Dash, Balianta Police Station SI.

The incident took place at around 9.30 PM in the night after a team of Balianta Police led by Dash reached the village getting information on a dispute which had occurred between Alekh Dash, Kalia Pradhan and Niranjan Dash’s families over a village road.

However, a verbal duel erupted between the police team and Alekh Dash during interrogation. After Alekh’s daughter Jyotsnarani protested the cops and was later joined by another woman Lata Bhoi, things took an ugly turn.

The villagers have alleged that police thrashed Jyotsnarani and Lata brutally in absence of any policewoman later on and then even misbehaved with them.

A group of women attacked the police team with sticks and other weapons protesting its action and detained SI Sudheer Kumar Dash. Two other policemen accompanying him namely Mahendra Mallick and Mahendra Dash managed to escape from the spot.

The injured SI was rescued from the clutches of the villagers later in the night by a joint police team of Balianta, Pahala, Balakati and Hanspal Police Stations. He was rushed to Capital Hospital in Bhubaneswar.

Police have started an investigation into the incident.

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