Dhaba Boy Death: BJP observes 12-hour Baliapal bandh demanding police action

Balasore: Life came to a standstill in Baiapal area in Balasore district today following a 12-hour bandh observed by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) protesting the death of a minor boy inside a ‘dhaba’ at IDCO Chhak on July 26.

Vehicular movement was completely disrupted on the roads in the area starting from 6 am in the morning as BJP workers staged road blockade at several places. The blockaders demanded stringent action against the accused involved in the alleged murder and opposed police action on the villagers in connection with the subsequent violence for which 13 villagers were taken into custody on August 1.

At least five platoon police force have been deployed in Baliapal in view of the bandh and 20 senior police officials including Basta SDPO have been engaged on duty.

Notably, the victim minor boy who was working in a ‘dhaba’ (roadside eatery) located at IDCO Square for past couple of years found hanging to the ceiling of it on July 26 morning. But despite intimation of the locals the police made inordinate delay in reaching the spot and sending the body for autopsy.

Irked over the delay, angry locals gheraoed and thrashed the IIC of Baliapal police station when he reached the spot to probe the case. They vandalized the ‘dhaba’ and an ambulance which had arrived at the spot to transport the body later. A road blockade was staged at Uluda Chhak subsequently.

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