Mob attacks cops, snatches away dowry torture accused
Ashok Pradhan, TNN Sep 19, 2012, 02.46PM IST
BHUBANESWAR: A mob pelted stones at a six-member police team, torched their jeep and snatched away a dowry torture accused from them at a Nayagarh village on Monday night. A few policemen were injured in the attack.
The incident took place at Kalapangi village within Fategarh police limits when the police had gone to the house of Gadadhar Mallick to seize articles allegedly given to him as dowry following a complaint from his estranged wife Sulochana.
Sources said the police had taken Gadadhar’s arrested brother Chhabi, a gram rakhi (village watchman) who is a co-accused in the dowry case, with them. “We did not anticipate any problem because the co-accused is a gram rakhi. But when the cops were busy accounting the seizure, some men threw stones at them, burnt the police vehicle and damaged another van in which the seized articles were being loaded,” said SP (Nayagarh) Seshadev Mallick.
As the injured policemen ran to safety, the attackers fled with Chhabi. A team led by the SP went to the village late in the night to rescue them after they received an SOS call from them. “Police have identified a couple of the culprits and are looking for them,” the SP said. The injured policemen include a sub-inspector, two assistant sub-inspectors, a lady constable, two home guards and the driver.
Police said the accused Mallick brothers have married sisters, Anjana and Sulochana from Gohirpada village. The women have filed separate dowry complaints against their husbands and in-laws. The brothers are accused in both the cases though police went to their house on Monday specifically on the complaint of Sulochana. Police are yet to arrest Gadadhar, who is absconding.
The latest attack on a police party comes over a month after a mob in Sundargarh district killed an ASI and injured four others while they were trying to execute an arrest warrant on August 11. After police apprehended the accused, he had raised an alarm following which villagers gathered and assaulted the group.