Balasore: A youth was tied to an electric pole by locals on suspicion of theft in Balasore district of Odisha today morning. The incident took place in Khagadapal village under Baliapal police limit Balasore district.
The locals were outraged assuming that the young people of the village are continuously robbing in order to consume narcotic substances.
According to report, the villagers nabbed the thief who has been identified as Raj Kumar Mohapatra while he was stealing water motor from a local’s house.
As many items were stolen from numerous houses in the village, the villagers tied him to the electric pole accusing him for the previous thefts and beating him black and blue. But the accused defended himself and said that he was going to refuel his vehicle yet nobody listened to him.
On the other hand, the locals are reported to be in state of unrest due to the increasing number of drug addicts in the village.
The act of the villagers of beating up the thief without informing the police is being criticised in various forums.