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‘Protect Belbahali villagers from cop torture’

Bhubaneswar, Oct 1: Senior Congress leader and Leader of Opposition in the State Assembly Narasingha Mishra on Saturday urged Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and Director General of Police (DGP) KB Singh to protect the people of Belbahali locality, where a bridge is proposed to constructed over river Kusei, and to ensure their freedom of movement and save them from police torture.

Forwarding a representation submitted to him on behalf of the villagers, Mishra made this request.

“The villagers have been protesting against construction of a bridge close to their village and, because of the change of site, 20,000 people are going to suffer. Though, the construction of the bridge has been temporarily suspended, the people of that area are in police surveillance. It is alleged that the villagers are being tortured by the local police and their freedom of movement has been curtailed. Even police officers are misbehaving with women. Anybody going to and coming out the village is subjected to police search and being humiliated,” Mistra apprised the two quoting the representation.

The senior Congress leader requested them to take appropriate action to protect the people and ensure freedom of movement and save them from police torture.

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