Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Jan 29:
Angry mob today burnt down shanties of sex workers after few alleged sex workers brutally attacked a man in Vani Vihar area of Odisha capital.
While no one has been hurt in the fire, the young man has been admitted to the Capital Hospital for treatment. His condition is said to be stable now. The situation was brought under control following the intervention of Commissionerate Police officials who rescued the injured man from the clutches of the sex workers and the sex workers from the attacking mob.
Such was the anger of the crowd that they kicked and hurled blows at the police vehicles taking away rescued sex workers.
The cops from Saheed Nagar police station, which is located only about 200 meters from the spot of the incident, have started an investigation into the incident. Even though no FIR has been registered yet, the cops are likely to file an FIR suo motu, as per an official of the police station.
As per latest reports, Saheed Nagar cops have detained five men for setting shanties alight, one of the sex workers that attacked the man and are questioning them. A manhunt is on to nab more culprits. They also have collected video evidence of the episode shot by bystanders in their mobile phones.
As per reports, the incident occurred in broad daylight this afternoon after the sex workers– who live in a slum right next to the National Highway-5 and Utkal University campus boundary– heckled a young man standing there.
“I had been there to buy bamboo and was just standing there. The sex workers came along and demanded Rs 250 from me. I refused to pay and that led to an altercation. Suddenly they attacked me with an iron rod. I pleaded for mercy but they didn’t listen until the commuters on the highway heard my voice and came to my rescue,” said the young man who was beaten up.
“I was just going towards Vani Vihar when I heard a man scream. I stopped my motorcycle and looked around to see three women attacking a man with iron rods. I knew these were sex workers and immediately went there to help him. Many more people came forward too and that is when we somehow managed to rescue the man. The police have raided this place many times, but prostitution still continues. Violence is nothing new either. This illegal slum should be demolished completely,” said an eyewitness.