Odisha: Cop injured as illegal cattle trader attempts to attack him with sharp weapon

Balasore: A police constable has reportedly sustained grievous injuries after falling off from a vehicle when a cattle trader tried to attack him with a sharp weapon in Odisha’s Balasore district on Thursday night.

Some residents of Dhitapura village under Basta Police Station limits waylaid an illegal cattle-laden TATA Ace vehicle and informed the cops about it last night.

A team of cops from Amarda Road Police Outpost reached the spot and seized the vehicle. Later, the cows were taken to a cowshed in Balasore.

The TATA Ace vehicle’s driver, however, threatened to attack constable Ramesh Das with a sharp weapon while he was returning to Amarda from Balasore after releasing the cows. In order to escape the attack, Das jumped off the vehicle following which he sustained grievous injuries on his head, hand and thigh.

The constable was rescued by Basta Police and admitted at Basta Community Health Centre for treatment.

The cattle trader, on the other hand, allegedly fled the spot with the vehicle after Ramesh fell down from it.

However, locals have raised questions over police action. They asked why the constable alone had gone to release the cattle at the cowshed even though it was dark night. Wasn’t it a plan to help the cattle trader to escape from the spot?  They demanded an investigation into the matter and action against the accused persons.

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