ANGUL: A man of Ragudiapada under Badkera panchayat on Thursday was meted out a bizarre punishment for defying the whip of the villagers during the recently held panchayat polls.
Dushmanta Sahu (55) was forced to beat a gong and parade through all 17 wards of the panchayat for not voting for the candidate supported by the village.
On being informed, cops came to the rescue of Sahu and brought him to the police station.
As per reports, villagers of Ragudiapada had decided unanimously to support a candidate for naib sarpanch post. However, Sahu reportedly defied the decision of the villagers and cast his vote in favour of another candidate. This had irked the villagers who decided to punish Sahu for defying the collective will of the village by imposing a fine of `50,000 on him.
As Sahu expressed his inability to pay the amount, he was instead asked to pay `5,000 as fine and apologise publicly by beating a gong in all the villages under Badkera panchayat.
Accordingly, Sahu went around the villages with the gong on Thursday. However, Bantala police rushed to the spot and rescued Sahu from the humiliating ordeal.
Angul SDPO Rabindra Nath Deo said police were aware of the animosity between villagers and Sahu after the panchayat elections. ‘’We had even called both the parties for an amicable solution. But no settlement could be reached between them,’’ he said.
Sahu has refused to lodge any complaint. ‘’A police team has been sent to the village to probe the incident. We will suo motu register a case,’’ the SDPO added.