Ex-Phulbani MLA Debendra Kanhar arrested on assault charge
Phulbani: Police on Tuesday arrested two persons, including former Phulbani MLA Debendra Kanhar, on charge of assault and loot. The other person arrested with Kahnar was identified as Srinivas Kahnar, a former havildar in Odisha police.
“The former MLA and another person were arrested under different sections of IPC based on the complaint filed by a resident of Dhenkanal district,’ Phulbani Sub-Divisional Police Officer (SDPO) Mahendranath Murmu said.
The incident took place on February 11. Kanhar and his aide attacked a tourist group which had come to Katramal waterfall near Phulbani town, police said, adding that they looted them also.
Debendra Kanhar was elected to the Assembly from the Phulbani Assembly segment in 2009 on BJD ticket. He was denied BJD ticket in the 2019 election.