BARGARH: Police motion to cease a cultural operate in violation of Covid-19 tips led to a face-off with residents of Dava village in Jharbandh block of Bargarh district on Thursday. The villagers have been infuriated after police tried to stop a cultural programme from being organised within the space. They pelted stones on the policemen and likewise broken a car.
A bunch of programmes are organised at Dava, positioned round 150 km from Bargarh city throughout Durga Puja. The occasions embody a ‘Ravan Darbar’ held on the day of Navami. Nevertheless, owing to the pandemic this yr, the puja organising committee had held discussions with the police and locals administration and warranted that no cultural programme could be held to stop massive gathering.
However the locals went again on their promise and gathered in massive quantity for ‘Ravan Darbar’. As Covid tips like carrying of masks and sustaining social distancing have been thrown to the wind, police tried to cease the occasion. This enraged the villagers who entered into an argument with the cops. Even because the police managed to persuade the organisers to cease the programme, the gang turned hostile and pelted stones on the personnel.
Jharbandh IIC Anil Pradhan mentioned the mob argued that stopping celebrations on the village was not justified as the identical are allowed in neighbouring Chhattisgarh. “The locals thought police wouldn’t get any details about the programme because the village is positioned on the border of Odisha and Chhattisgarh,” he mentioned.
In the meantime, two instances have been registered in opposition to the puja organising committee for violating Covid tips and pelting of stones on the police car. The police have initiated investigation into the matter and authorized motion could be taken in opposition to those that are accountable for the incident, Pradhan added.