Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Jatni, Mar 2:

Tehsildar Bijay Kumar Swain was attacked by some mining mafias while conducting raid on an illegal mine in Jatni yesterday.


He was admitted to Jatni Community Hospital in critical condition following the murderous attack.

Police have detained five persons in this connection and interrogating the suspects.

According to reports, Swain along with his colleagues Nirmal Chandra Mohapatra, Narayan Denga and Bijay Das had raided an illegal mine at Rathypur Mouza under Jankia Panchayat in Khurda district yesterday evening. The team of officials while on their way to return after seizing a power tiller from the spot, around 20-22 people attacked Tehsildar Swain with sticks and rods. While the vehicle was damaged in the attack, Swain was critically injured.

The OAS association has strongly condemned the brutal attack on Tehsildar. Several Officers including Khurda Collector Niranjan Sahoo, Bhubaneswar Tehsildar Asuthosh Samal, Khurda Tehsildar, Jatni BDO Sanjay Rout and ACP Tapan Kumar Patnaik reached the hospital to see the health condition of Swain.

A case has been filed with Jatni police station.