A protest against a crusher unit’s pollution turned bizarre on Friday night with a mob burning to death seven persons in Ganjam district of Orissa.
The victims included three owners of the crusher unit and a woman. Sources said the people of Sindhaguda village under Badagada police station of the district, about 250 km southwest of Bhubaneswar, had been protesting against the crusher unit as it caused pollution in the area. The villagers had given petitions to the local tahsildar and BDO demanding the removal of the unit.
However, the unit was allowed to continue due to political pressure and goon power of the owners, villagers alleged. The tussle between the villagers and the unit owners reached a flashpoint on Friday, where more than a hundred villagers attacked the unit and set on fire the room in which the victims were sleeping. The mob also pelted stones and hurled bombs at the police when it reached the spot along with the fire brigade, police said.
Three platoon of force were called to disperse the villagers. Western range DIG RK Sharma said that the villagers had a long with the crusher unit owners. “Investigations are going on. Appropriate action will be taken against those responsible for the crime,” he said.