Bhubaneswar: As many as five excise officials, including a woman constable, were injured in attack by a group of miscreants involved in illicit liquor and ganja trade during a raid at a den, on Thursday.
Acting on a tip-off, the Excise sleuths had conducted the raid a house, which was used as a den, at Bharatpur area on the outskirts of the city.
The attackers, who included some women, also ransacked the SUV belonging to the raiding team when the sleuths tried to seize the contrabands.
According to reports, the Excise department was tipped off about the illicit liquor and ganaja trade at Bharatpur area during the lockdown time.
A team led by a sub-inspector rank officer carried out a swoop at the place while a group of people including some women heckled and beat them up severely with sticks and iron rods.
A woman constable sustained injuries on hand in the attack. Other team members who faced the mob fury also sustained critical injuries in the collective attack.
Excise Sub-inspector Nilima Jayanti Swain, who was a part of the team, said, “On a tip off, we raided a house at Bharatpur where illicit liquor was found. When we tried to seize the illegal items, the trader and his family members, with some associates, beat us up severely with rods and wooden planks. Many of us sustained critical injuries on head, neck and hands. They also detained our vehicle and damaged it.”
The team immediately informed the Bharatpur police station following which a team with additional forces reached the spot. The irate mob didn’t also spare the police and tried to overpower the rescuing team. The police managed to disperse them and arrested four of the assaulters after rescuing the Excise officials.
A case also has been registered based on the complaint lodged by the Excise sleuths.
The four attackers will be forwarded to court today. Investigation has been launched to nab others who were involved in the attack on government officials, police said.
According to reports, more than 10 people were involved in the assault.