Seven people burnt alive by angry villagers in Orissa

The incident which occurred in the village Badagada under Seragarh block of the southern district has triggered tension in the area. The deceased in the gruesome incident include Tushar Padhi, Prasana Patnaik and Siba Tripathy, the three owners of the stone crusher unit, and four of their employees.  Police sources said, the villagers had been protesting against the stone crusher unit in the area for a long time. Things, however, turned ugly on Friday night when a mob of around two hundred armed villagers attacked the crusher unit and overpowered the owners and its employees.

Subsequently, they locked seven of them in a rest room nearby and set it on fire. Personnel from a nearby police station and fire brigade made an attempt to reach the spot soon after the incident. They, however, were reportedly prevented by stone pelting villagers.

The Ganjam district Superintendent of Police (SP) Nitinjit Singh said, all the seven completely charred dead bodies had been seized by the police. “We have recovered all the seven dead bodies and they have been sent for post mortem. A detailed investigation into the incident is on,” said Singh.

Even though the police have not been able to arrest anybody in connection with the incident so far, the SP assured the culprits will be apprehended soon. Two platoons of armed police have been deployed in the village to control law and order.

Worried over the incident, the state home department here sought a report from the Ganjam district administration, sources in the State secretariat said on Saturday.

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