Cop-mob clash: RDC takes stock of situation

Keonjhar: Revenue divisional commissioner (North) NBS Rajput visited Belabahali area near Anandpur in the district today to take a stock of the situation post cop-mob clash in which at least 20 people, including a Block Development Offier (BDO) and seven cops, were injured yesterday.

The official also interacted with the locals who are protesting the construction of a bridge over a river in the area. The villagers have been opposing the bridge construction over the river at the proposed site as part of the expansion of National Highway 215.

Yesterday, angry over efforts to start the bridge construction at the proposed site on river Kosei on NH-215, a large number of residents of Belabahali had confronted the police force already deployed in the area.

When the police personnel tried to disperse the protesters, the villagers fought a pitched battle throwing stones and bricks and using sticks. At least 20 persons including seven police personnel were injured in the clash. The BDO of Anandpur also sustained injury in the incident.

Meanwhile, demanding action against the culprits, members of OAS association today met DGP Sanjeev Marik in Cuttack.