Rioting during bandh: Arrested 49 persons forwarded to court

Sambalpur: As many as 49 people, who were arrested on charges of rioting and criminal intimidation during a 12-hour bandh yesterday, were forwarded to a local court on Wednesday.

Source said three case have been registered against the arrested persons.

The incident took place when a coal laden truck defied the bandh call given by locals demanding establishment of IIM in the district and plied on the road. A group of people detained the vehicle and attacked the driver near the City Railway Station under Dhanupali Police Station area.

However, the truck driver ran to a nearby shop for shelter. The mob set afire two shops, but no one was hurt in the incident. The truck was damaged by the mob, said Dhanupali Police Station Inspector-in Charge Sumant Barik.

Based on the FIRs filed by the two shop owners and driver, a case has been registered against the arrested people, Barik said.

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