5 cops injured, 24 held in police-mob clash

Mayurbhanj: As many as 5 police officials of Khunta police station were injured and 24 villagers arrested in a violent clash over a woman’s death at Khunta area in the district.

According to sources, at around 10 am on Thursday, body of a woman named Dege Marandi found hanging from a tree close to Khunta police limits.

The Kin of the deceased and locals alleged the death of Marandi is due gang rape and demanded compensation and a scientific probe into the matter. But the Khunta police registered the case as an unnatural death. Irate over the incident, the locals went on a berserk and ransacked the police station.

While a woman sub-inspector, OIC and some constables of the police station injured in the clash, police have arrested 24 locals, the sources added.

Meanwhile, the investigation is on to find out the actual reason behind the death of the woman.