Locals storm into Adava police station, thrash cops in Odisha’s Gajapati

Paralakhemundi: Tension ran high at Adava police station in Odisha’s Gajapati district today as locals allegedly barged into it and thrashed cops.

According to reports, the locals had this morning gheraoed the police station opposing detention of a villager in a ganja smuggling case.

Police had detained the accused, a resident of Jharanpur village, last night after raiding the locality. The locals alleged that false charges have been levelled against him. They demanded immediate release of the person and withdrawal of the case.

The matter turned ugly when the protesters broke open the gate of the police station, stormed into it, thrashed the police personnel and ransacked properties at the police station.

Till last reports came in, the locals were staging a dharna in front of the police station to press their demands.

“They were armed, for which it was difficult for us to stop them. Around 7-8 cops have sustained injuries in the incident,” a police official said.

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