Villagers attack PEO in Dhenkanal, video goes viral

Dhenkanal : A group of villagers including women thrashed a Panchayat Executive Officer (PEO) in Odisha’s Dhenkanal district on Friday. Video of the incident has gone viral in social media.

The PEO, identified as Basant Behera, has been posted at Ghagaramunda Panchayat under Kankadahada block in the district.

Behera was attacked at the Panchyat office over his corruption in the allotment of house to the needy people under government scheme, villagers claimed.

“He has taken money. Beat him with sandals”, the villagers can be heard saying in the video.

However, the PEO denied the allegation and said he would file an FIR in this connection.

“Sudhakar Naik, his wife Mamata Naik along with some women of the village (Ghagaramunda) attacked me at the Panchayat office as Sudhakar’s name was not included in the beneficiary list for getting a house under government scheme because he had already a pucca house,” Behera told Kalinga TV on Saturday morning.

PEO Basant Behera speaks to Kalinga TV

“I have reported the matter to the BDO over phone. Today, I will lodge a police complaint in this connection,” he added.

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