Reported by Santosh Jagdev
Bhubaneswar, Jun 8:
In a bizarre incident that is symptomatic of the growing public anger and disgust at the ways of Odisha Police, residents of Haldipadia basti under Laxmisagar police station here thrashed a group of policemen black and blue after the cops allegedly refused to register an FIR this evening.
Among the five policemen thrashed by the slum dwellers were inspector-in-charge (IIC) of the Laxmisagar police station Rajat Ray and Assistant sub-inspector (ASI) Ashok Hansda.
According to sources, the control room of the Commissionerate police headquarters here received a complaint at about 5:15 pm today that a person named Santosh had been tied up and was being thrashed by a group of people in the basti.
Acting on the information, the control room directed two patrolling van to reach the spot and investigate the matter. After reaching the basti, the cops found that Santosh was tied to a pillar. All hell broke loose when the policemen tried to rescue the person and the crowd, with a sizeable number of women in it, pouncing on the hapless cops. Not satisfied with bashing up the cops, the mob threw a couple of them into a drain.
The fury of the slum dwelllers fell on the policemen like a ton of bricks when ASI Hansda slapped a woman during the brawl. Armed with sticks, bricks and stones, the basti dwellers attacked the cops, leaving five policemen injured. The cops who sustained injuries, however, managed to escape to the police station.
IIC Rajat Ray reached the spot after getting the information. He tried to pacify the agitators but the angry mob was in no mood to listen. Tempers flared up again after one of the injured ASIs allegedly manhandled a youth.
Five platoon police forces have been deployed at the spot and the situation is under control, commissionerate police said.
According to slum dwellers, Santosh, who is married, had impregnated a girl from the same basti. The parents of the victim had approached Laxmisagar Police station to file an FIR against Santos,h but the cops allegedly did not register the FIR.
Earlier today, Santosh, who was absconding for a while, came to the basti and tried to set ablaze his wife and two children. The neighbours came to know about it and captured him. They tied him up and beat him up. In the meantime, the police reached the spot and the scuffle ensued.
Bhubaneswar DCP Satyabrata Bhoi said that a case has been registered against 25 persons for attacking cops. “We have detained a woman for interrogation in the matter,” he added.