Kendrapara, March 09: The situation remained tense in Rajakanika block of Kendrapara district after police opened fire on the women protesters, who ransacked the liquor shops at Namtara village on March 8, which is observed as the International Women's Day.
The opposition parties and ruling BJD seem to lock horns against each other after the clash between villagers and policemen during the protest by the women, who damaged the liquor shop yesterday. Several villagers and policemen were injured in the incident.
The government blamed the opposition Congress for the protest and ordered a probe into the incident following which strong action will be taken.
On the other hand, Opposition Congress condemned the police crackdown against women protesters, who stormed the village by ransacking the liquor shop in the village.
OPCC president Prasad Harichandan demanded an independent probe into incident and also sought action against the police, who resorted to lathicharge and firing on the women. He said that the police action was condemnable. He also demanded to shift the liquor shop from the village, holding the government responsible for the incident.
He said that nine persons were critically injured. Several women and children were injured in the police firing and lathicharge.
According to reports, the women villagers had been demanding to shift the liquor shop from that village. However, the administration ignored their demand. Later, the angry women decided to take strong action against the liquor shop yesterday. To control the situation, police rushed to the spot and resorted to lathicharge and opened fire to save the licensed liquor shop.
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