Balasore: Tension prevailed in Patapur village of Balasore district after locals thrashed the flying squad officials of Excise department during a raid on cannabis trade.
According to sources, the flying squad of Cuttack and Balasore were conducting a joint raid in the village under Rupsa area after receiving reliable information about the sale of contraband. Officials seized over a quintal of ganja from the house of one Mantu Pradhan and arrested him.
Irked by the presence of police officials in the locality, villagers gheraoed the policemen and thrashed them. The angry mob also vandalised the police vehicles and took away the cannabis seized by the officials. In the meantime, accused Mantu managed to flee the village.
While the main accused behind the ganja trade, Mantu, is reportedly absconding, a complaint against the villagers has been lodged by the officials at the local police station, sources added.