Kodala IIC suspended

Berhampur: A day after two persons were killed in police firing at village Phasipada in Ganjam district, the inspector in-charge of Kodala police station was suspended today. Soubhagya Kumar Swain was placed under suspension with immediate effect in connection with the death of two persons in police firing at Phasipada on Saturday, DIG (Southern Range) R K Sharma said.

"The situation is normal and there is no untoward incident," he said. More than 150 police personnel were deployed in the village to maintain law and order. Besides the death of two persons, 53 people including 36 policemen were injured in the clash between police and a mob.

The mob attacked the policemen when they were returning after rescuing three persons detained by villagers on the charge of practising witchcraft. The government has ordered a judiciary inquiry into the incident and announced Rs two lakh to each family of the deceased as ex-gratia.