Sharmili Mallick

Dhenkanal: The Panchayat Executive Officer (PEO) of Ghagaramunda in Kankadahada block of Dhenkanal district was reportedly thrashed by women villagers of Gatarei under Parajanga police limits on Friday. The matter came to fore after the video of the incident went viral on various social media platforms today.

As per reports, the PEO Basant Behera had allegedly taken bribe from some women beneficiaries of Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY) for early release of funds under the scheme.

However, he allegedly duped them following which the aggrieved women caught Behera and thrashed him with slippers (as purportedly seen in the viral video).

The PEO could not be contacted for his comments on the incident.