Berhampur: Tension prevailed at Kolidaspur village after police resorted to lathi-charge to disperse locals who were staging a demonstration in front of Hinjili police station on Sunday.
The agitators had gheraoed the police station protesting the detention of 10 villagers who were picked by the police in connection with the torching of vehicles engaged in sand mining in the area on Saturday.
The villagers gheraoed the police station on Sunday while demanding immediate release of the detainees. As per reports, nearly eight vehicles including three trucks were set on fire by unidentified miscreants on Friday night.
Sources said resentment was brewing among locals allegedly over rampant illegal sand mining in the region. Despite repeated complaints, no step was allegedly taken by the local administration to put a check on such illegal activities.