Four held for assaulting elderly couple

28 Jan 2018

Four persons, including two women, of a family were arrested for allegedly tying an elderly couple to a tree and assaulting them physically at a village in Odisha's Jajpur district, police said today. The incident happened at Ranpal village under the jurisdiction of Panikoili police station on January 25 when 73-year-old Bhagaban Das and his 67-year-old wife Premalata were tied a tree in front of their house and assaulted over a land dispute, the police said. The accused, all residents of the same village, were arrested on Saturday, a police official said. On Thursday, a quarrel ensued between the old woman and one of the accused over a petty issue. Then accused four allegedly dragged the old woman and tied her to a tree and when her husband came to rescue her, he was also tied to the tree and both were assaulted by the accused persons, said Inspector-in-Charge of Panikoili police station Sarat Kumar Patra. Later, Panikoili police reached the spot after and rescued the couple, he said. (PTI)