Rojalin Mishra

Keonjhar: The members of Odisha Administrative Service (OAS) officers' association in Keonjhar district today wore black badges to work protesting thrashing of Harichandanpur BDO a couple of days back.

Demanding arrest of persons who thrashed BDO Bijay Sethi and seeking security for OAS officers, the members of the association launched their strike today. The protestors have also threatened to intensify their agitation and to launch a pen-down strike if their demands are not met.

Bhakta Charan Pradhan, secretary of the association reportedly informed that if the culprits are not arrested soon, the association will launch a pen-down strike from Tuesday.

According to sources, on August 21, Sethi during his field visit to Hunda panchayat in Nuasahi was attacked by unidentified people. However, it's alleged that despite four days have passed since the incident the police is yet to arrest the culprits.