Miscreants target policemen during raids, 2 injured

Berhampur: At least two police personnel were injured, one of them seriously, as miscreants attacked them in two places in Ganjam district when the policemen were conducting raids against gamblers on the occasion of Kumar Purnima, police said today.

The incidents occurred at Ankuli in Berhampur and Gobindapur villages during Kumar Purnima celebrations yesterday.

The miscreants allegedly damaged a police vehicle at Ankuli, the police said.

While a special police officer (SPO) of Sheragada police station was seriously injured at Gobindapur village, a home guard was injured when the miscreants allegedly attacked him, the police said.

The SPO was shifted to Visakhapatnam from MKCG Medical College and Hospital here while his condition worsened, the police said. "We were going to conduct anti-gambling raids in the village", a police officer said.

Gambling is a part of the celebration of the Kumar Purnima, a festival of youth in Ganjam district. While Goddess Mahalaxmi (Goddess of Wealth) is worshipped during the day time, gambling dominates the festive night.