Tension erupts as youths ransack grid office over frequent power cuts; 10 detained

Bargarh: Protesting frequent unscheduled power cuts, some youths ransacked the Pradhanpali Grid office in the town today.

Following the incident, executive engineer of WESCO lodged a written complaint in the town police station.

As per the complaint, police have detained 10 youths involved in the incident informed sources.

However, the detained youths have alleged of physical assault by the police.

“Yesterday, there was power cut in our locality for the whole day. We went to the electric office for enquiry but suddenly around 25 police officials started abusing and later physically assaulted us” alleged one Dipti Naik.

However, the concerned officials refuted the allegations made against them, terming it as baseless.

“Based on the complaint launched by Executive Engineer B.B Satpathy, a police team reached the Grid office and detained 10 youths involved in the incident. Their allegations of physical assault however are baseless” said Bibhuti Bhusan Bhoi, IIC, Bargarh town police station.