Police, public clash in Nayagarh over murder case

Nayagarh: Tension ran high at Godipada area here after irate locals on Saturday ransacked a police van and hurled stones at the Godipada police outpost demanding arrest of the murderer of Ranka Nidhi Mohapatra whose body was found under a bridge on February 16.

Police used tear gas and fire rubber bullets to disperse the angry mob.

According to sources, as many as 10 persons, five police officials and and an equal number of locals sustained injuries in the clash.

On being informed about the incident, sub-collector of Godipada and Nayagarh Additional SP Sridhar Pani rushed to spot and brought the situation under control.

“Sarankul SDPO, a lady police home guard and some police officials sustained severe injuries in the clash. In a bid to disperse the angry mob and bring back normalcy in the locality, we resorted to a mild lathi charge and used tear gas,” Pani said.

Sanju Moharana, wife of Ranka Nidhi alleged her husband was killed by his cousin. “Akhila, son of my husband’s aunt, called him out of our house and killed him. We had filed a complaint in this regard with the local police. But instead of taking any action, the police released Akhila after taking a bribe from him,” she said.

Refuting the allegations made by Sanju, Pani said; “We have detained Akhila at Saranakul police station and his interrogation is on. The truth will come to fore once the investigation is over. The allegations made by the locals are baseless.”

Notably on February 16, body of Mohapatra, a resident of Panchamu village, was found under a bridge. The family members filed a complaint with the police about the involvement of Mohaprata’s aunt’s son’s in the death.