BARGARH:Ten persons of Ghulipali in Ward 18 of Bargarh Municipality were arrested by Bargarh Town police on Sunday in connection with Saturday’s arson and lynching case at Ghulipali Chowk.
Two platoons of armed police have been deployed at Ghulipali and more arrests are likely to be made though police are tightlipped over the issue.
On Saturday, locals lynched a truck employee and set fire to three trucks besides damaging more than 40 trucks plying on the NH after a villager was crushed to death. The deceased was identified as Laxman Banchor, a private bus cleaner. Laxman was crossing the highway on his bicycle when the speeding truck ran over him, killing him on the spot. Soon after the incident, locals chased the truck and caught hold of one of its staff near the toll gate at Barahguda. They dragged him to Ghulipali Chhack and lynched him.
The irate mob then set three trucks at the spot on fire and damaged other vehicles. When police tried to intervene, the angry mob pelted stones at them as a result of which, the former had to resort to mild lathi-charge.
The truck driver has been identified as Manish Kumar of Bairasar in Churu district of Rajasthan.
Bargarh SDPO NC Dansena said the situation is under control and two platoons of police have been mobilised to prevent any untoward incident. Police are keeping a close watch on the situation, Dansena said.