Athagarh: Just a week prior to Athagarh by-election scheduled to be on March 18, supporters of BJD candidate Raja Swain attacked some Congress supporters in Radhakishorepur village, Athagarh.

As reported in the police station, Radhakishorepur ex-sarpanch’s husband, Sanjit Raul and more than 15 supporters of Raja including Subash Behera, Sanjay Nayak, Bikash Behera, Prashant Swain, Umesh Swain, Dibakar Behera and many others were involved in the incident.

The culprits beat the children, threatened and misbehaved with the ladies and at the end torched the house of Bhagaban Behera in the incidence destroying property worth more than Lakh of Rupees.

Later more than 200 Congress Cadres agitated in front of Khuntuni Police Station and stopped vehicular traffic on the NH 55 FOR two hours by burning tires. They demanded compensation and police protection for the affected people. They also demanded immediate arrest of the culprits.

Congress Candidate, Suresh Mohapatra reached the site and discussed the issue with Additional SP B N Das and requested the agitated Congress Cadres to calm down and to remove the road blockades. The vehicular traffic on NH 55 returned to normalcy upon the assurance of Additional SP B N Das that the culprits will be nabbed within 24 hours.