Woman Sarpanch attacked for protesting against Liquor shops in Odisha

KalingaTV News Network

Kendrapara: A woman Sarpanch and her husband, who led a protest demanding removal of liquor shops located at Angulai Chhak yesterday, were seriously attacked by the owner of foreign liquor (FL) shop and his son at Angulai under Marsaghai block in the district on Thursday.

The accused allegedly attacked Sarpanch’s husband with a sharp weapon.

The couple today led a dharana in front of the FL shop as the counter was opened despite District administration’s order for the closure of the liquor shops for eight days starting from today.

Talking to Kalinga TV, Angulai Gram Panchat Sarapanch Durgabati Pradhan said, “The District administration ordered the Liquor shops not to open at least for eight days after yesterday’s protest. However, FL shop owner Manmath Sahu opened the counter this morning defying the administrative order. Hence, we staged a peaceful dharana demanding the closure of the shop, but Sahu, his son and his employee came to us, pulled my sari, thrashed me repeatedly and attacked my husband Madhabananda with a sharp weapon”.

The incident triggered tension in the locality. The angry protestors ransacked the said liquor shop. They also beat the son of Manmath Sahu black and blue and set two bikes on fire.

Meanwhile, local police reached the spot and arrested the accused.

Yesterday, hundreds of women, led by  Durgabati , staged road-blockade in the Kendrapara-Orata road to press their demand for removal of two liquor shops located at Angulai Chhak.

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