Khordha: The district police arrested at least nine persons on February 9 for attempting to mow down a team of three OAS officers comprising of of Tehsildar and Additional Tehsildar and snatching away seized vehicles from them in Patrapada Mouza under Badapokharia Panchayat on February 7 when the officials had gone to initiate action against illegal stone quarries.
The arrests were made by Khordha Police after it got a tip-off on the hideouts of the accused in Badapokharia village and raided it. Eight platoons of police force took part in the raid under Khordha SP Dipti Ranjan Ray and nabbed eight accused from the spot.
Earlier in the day, the police had arrested a man from the same village after three special squads formed by the SP conducted a search operation. Police have also seized three motorcycles used by the accused in the crime from the spot.
Police had registered cases against 40 persons after Khordha Tehsildar Subhendu Kumar Sahoo, Tangi Tehsildar Asish Kumar Jena and Chilika Additional Tehsildar Prithviraj Mandal were attacked by members of stone mafia at Badapokharia village on February 7 after impounding a number of vehicles from illegal stone quarries.
The concerned officials invited the wrath of the angry mafia as they rejected the proposal to release the vehicles in exchange of bribe money. The angry mafia members snatched away the seized vehicles including two trucks, two JCBs and eight power tillers from the officials and then tried to mow them down by a JCB.