Bhubaneswar: Police on Friday lathi charged a group of agitators who clashed with them while staging a protest on the Jayadev vihar-Nandankanan highway near Chandrasekharpur petrol pump over the death of a youth on Friday morning.
The deceased has been identified as Dhaneswar Das of Chandrasekharpur Housing Board Colony.
According to sources, PCR vehicle personnel spotted Das with injuries along a road in Niladri Vihar and rushed him to a hospital where the doctors declared him brought dead. Das was running a tent house business in Chandrasekharpur and had not returned home on Thursday night. Das had sustained serious injuries on his legs.
Meanwhile, on being informed family members of Das reached the hospital and his brother Pramod Kumar Das lodged a complaint at Chandrasekharpur police station. Basing on the complaint, police registered a murder case.
Claiming that Das was murdered, his family members blocked the road with the body demanding immediate arrest of the accused. When police reached the spot and tried to disperse the crowd, the agitators clashed with police. When the situation worsened, police resorted to lathicharge to bring the situation under control.