Tension prevailed on Tuesday evening when a large number of residents of Sundarpada gheraoed the Airfield police station alleging that the IIC was having a nexus with some notorious criminals. They claimed that the IIC was playing badminton with the some murder accused in the area.
According to reports, Raghunath Barik, Rashmi Barik, Tushar Behera, Biswajit Routray and Rajesh Nayak had on November 20 waylaid and thrashed one Amaresh Rout of Sundarpada’s Talasahi while he was returning with a woman by his motorcycle. Later, the injured Amaresh lodged a complaint in this connection with the Airfield police.
Though police registered a case against the attackers, no action was taken against them.
The villagers have alleged that Raghunath, Biswajit and Rajesh are prime accused in the sensational Amaresh Nayak murder case of 2019. Similarly, Rashmi is an accused in the sweets shop owner murder incident in Samantarapur and Tushar was involved in a kidnapping case, they alleged.
Instead of arresting them, the IIC was seen playing badminton with them, they said.
Following the demonstration ACP Anirudha Routray reached the place and pacified the locals. As per Rourtray, police detained Raghunath and are on the lookout for the other absconders.