Puri: Tension has mounted up at Aral village under Chandanpur police station jurisdiction of Puri district following death of a local resident due to drowning.
The deceased has been identified as Naba Pradhan. As a group of miscreants allegedly set afire his house, Pradhan flanked by fellow villagers tried to douse the fire by drawing water from the village community pond. Patra accidentally slipped into the pond and drowned, sources said.
What angered the people was that the victim Pradhan had earlier drawn the attention of local police alleging that three anti-socials had threatened him of dire consequence. However police sat over the complaint.
Burning worn out motor tyres, locals squatted on the Jagannath Sadak at Aral Chowk leading to disruption of vehicular traffic on the busy road. The agitating people are demanding Rs 20 lakh ex-gratia compensation towards the deceased’s family and the arrest of miscreants who set the house on fire.
Police forces have rushed to the spot to restore order.