BHUBANESWAR: Panic prevailed on Siripur Square-Fire Station road in the City as three motorcycle-borne youths went on a spree of attacking people with a razor on Sunday evening. As many as eight people were injured in the attack that continued for several hours. Later, the injured persons were admitted in Capital Hospital by locals and PCR vans.
The victims said they were first accosted by the youths, who were driving a black coloured Pulsar motorcycle, and asked them to stop. The moment the vehicles stopped, the miscreants demanded money and mobile phones. Even before the victims reacted, the youths slashed their neck with a razor and fled.
Four victims, whose identity was ascertained till the report was filed, are Swagat Kumar Nayak, a BTech student from Puri; Sraban Kumar Das, a grocery store worker from Pipili; Sanjay Mahapatra of Sitaram Slum near Khandagiri and Tikayat Sahu, a driver belonging to Dhenkanal.
“I dropped a passenger at ITER and was returning towards Siripur square when three youths, who were following me, told me to stop my car. The moment I rolled down the window glass, one of the youths slashed my cheek with a sharp weapon,” Sahu said.
The miscreants attacked Nayak on the Baramunda fly-over, took his two-wheeler and discarded it at an isolated spot. Nayak sustained injuries on his neck. The miscreants’ motorcycle did not have registration number, one of the injured persons said.
ACP Zone I, Asim Panda said the miscreants committed the act under intoxication. One of them, Amit Mohapatra, was arrested by police at Rupali square while two others have been identified. Lack of night patrolling by police and street lights has turned the area into a favourite spot for anti-socials, the locals alleged.