Exercising franchise as per their own choice in the recently concluded panchayat election cost Bhikari Sahu and his family dear. After election, one Silu Swain who won and became the sarpanch became vindictive as he got to know that the family had voted for his rival candidate and allegedly beat Sahu and other members of his family in a fit of rage.
"They battered me severely after tying me to a tree. Now everyone is passing comment after the incident. I want justice against such crime", said Rasmita, daughter of Bhikari.
The family fear returning to the village without police protection.
"A search has been launched to trace some people involved in the incident, said Gupta Mahakud, additional SP of Ganjam.
Additional Collector Saroj Mishra said, "We have asked the SP to expedite the investigation and take strict action against all accused".