Vikash Sharma

At least 10 persons have been injured following a clash between two groups of villagers over a boundary dispute near Orali chhak on the Anandpur-Bhadrak road on Saturday.

As per reports, the dispute was between the people of Orali and Apanda village in Bhadrak district over Orali chhak. It is said that the people of both villages were at loggerheads over the demand to change the name of Orali chhak to Apanda chhak as it came under their revenue border.

Trouble erupted after the villagers of Apanda area tried to install a signboard which was vehemently opposed by the opponent group. Sources said that several shops were vandalised while a car and a bike were allegedly set on fire during the clash.

Palpable tension still prevails in the area and adequate police force has been deployed in the area to maintain law and order.

Meanwhile, the Bhadrak district administration has clamped prohibitory orders under Section 144 at Apanda Square on the border of Bhadrak and Keonjhar districts for two days, starting 11 am on Sunday and will be in force till 11 am on April 18.

(Reported by Munna Singh)