ZP member arrested for ‘assaulting’ official

Bolangir: Police today arrested Baijayanti Saraf, Zilla Parishad (ZP) member from Khaprakhol on charges of assaulting district planning officer of Bolangir Mahendranath Munda.

The police action followed after hundreds of tribals laid siege to the conference hall of the District Rural Development Agency (DRDA) where the Zilla Parishad was conducting its meeting demanding action against her and her husband.

The tribals armed with traditional weapons marched in a rally to the conference hall located close to the district police headquarters in the heart of the town and gheraoed. Sources said they clashed with the policemen on duty when they were prevented from barging into the meeting room.

The tribals alleged that Munda a few days back was attacked by Dhruba Charan Saraf, the husband of Baijayanti Saraf.

They alleged that no action has been taken against Dhruba Charan Saraf or his wife.