Locals protest frequent loots in Capital, block Rasulgarh Square
Bhubaneswar: Vehicular traffic came to a grinding halt at Rasulgarh Square in Bhubaneswar on Wednesday after locals staged a road blockade protesting frequent attacks and loots in the city.
The irate locals resorted to protest at the busy junction after an assault and loot incident in Mancheswar area was reported late last night. The locals blocked the road by burning tyres at the square.
The agitators demanded immediate arrest of the culprits involved in the crimes.
Vehicular movement on the busy National Highway connecting Cuttack-Bhubaneswar and Bhubaneswar-Puri was severely affected due to the agitation. Commuters faced a harrowing time as hundreds of vehicles remained stranded on both sides of the roads.
An owner of a hotel sustained critical injuries after he was brutally attacked and robbed of valuables by armed miscreants in Mancheswar area.
Bhubaneswar-Cuttack Commissioner of Police Satyajit Mohanty, who reached the spot, said, “Since four loot cases have happened in the last 24 hours, the people are obviously angry. They have some genuine demands and we are ready to address them. A special squad has been formed to nab the robbers as soon as possible and they have started their operation.”
“We want help from youths of the community to gather some key information. We have convened a meeting wherein the youth organisations can share information and identify drug peddlers and anti-social elements in their areas,” he added.
Four cases of armed robberies were reported from Bhubaneswar on Tuesday. An old man, a family of four, a car showroom owner and a hotelier were targeted by armed robbers all in a span of 24 hours.