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5 held for attack on photojournalists

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OST Crime Bureau

Bhubaneswar, Oct 19:

Three Bhubaneswar based photojournalists were attacked with wooden stumps and weapons by a group of 12 persons in IRC Village here on Saturday afternoon.

The photojournalists were identified as Surendra Prusty, Asit Kumar Sathpathy and Bhabani Prasad Das working at two mainstream newspapers in the city. They were reportedly attacked over a property dispute that their friend and another photojournalist Prabhat Kumar Mohanty had with his brother Prafulla Kumar Mohanty over a plot, N/1 337, where the former stayed with his family.

Police have arrested five persons, including two women, out of the 12 who attacked the photojournalists and have booked then under sections 341, 323, 307, 354, 294, 506 and 34 IPC. They have also seized an auto rickshaw, four bikes, a wooden stump and a bhujali used in the attack from the spot.

Seven others managed to flee. “We will soon arrest the others,” Nayapalli police station IIC Anup Kanungo said.