Six injured in panchayat poll clash

Kendrapara: In another panchayat poll related violence, six persons were injured following a group clash between rival political factions in Kendrapara district, police said today. The incident happened in Karanja village under Marshaghai police station jurisdiction, about 30 km from here. Four of the injured persons are undergoing treatment at the Kendrapara district headquarters hospital while two others who sustained minor injury were discharged from the nearby government-run primary health centre.

"The violence occurred on Monday evening. It was related to the recently concluded panchayat polls. Police forces have rushed to the village. The incident is being investigated," said Nrusingha Charan Swain, sub-divisional police officer. In another poll-related incident, a shop was allegedly set on fire at Indupur fish market resulting in damage of fish catch worth over Rs 50,000. Political differences might have led to the arson incident, police said quoting the FIR.