Police station in Bargarh torched after missing infant’s body found

Bargarh: Irate villagers of Melchhamunda in Bargarh district today set the local police station on fire and damaged a police vehicle kept inside the premises demanding arrest of the accused after body of a missing four-year-old child was found last night.

The infant, identified as Piyush Jain, was missing since February 4 from Melchhamunda.

The local police last night discovered Piyush’s body in a farmland near Kalangadera village under Bijepur block in the district.

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Earlier in the day, family members of Piyush and locals had sat on a dharna before the SP office demanding immediate arrest of the accused. Later they had withdrawn the stir after getting an assurance from the SP.

But the villagers blocked the road at Melchhamunda by placing the body again today and attacked the Melchhamunda police station this afternoon.

Padampur SDPO and Bargarh Sub-Collector rushed to the spot and are monitoring the situation.

Talking to media persons Bargarh SP said, “It’s an unfortunate incident. However, the public should have exercised some restraint. We came to know about the death of the boy yesterday itself and within 24 hours we have nabbed the main accused. We would have produced him within a short time.”

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He added, “Now the situation is under control and 10 platoons of police force have been deployed at the spot. Necessary action will be taken one law and order situation returns to normalcy.”

The SP mentioned, “I had told the irate locals that the accused have been arrested and within 24 hours details will be disclosed before the media. The protestors were happy and withdrawn the dharna. However, again they took the body to Melchhamunda and staged a road blockade and torched the police station.”