Pradeep Maharathy Arrested

Puri: Pradeep Maharathy, BJD legislator from Pipili, was today arrested in connection with the attack on a poll flying squad in Pipili area of Odisha’s Puri district last night.

Maharathy, who is also an MLA candidate for the Pipili assembly seat, has been arrested under Sections 307, 353, 341, 332, 147, 148 and 149 of the IPC.

Earlier in the day, he was questioned at the Pipili police station.

A flying squad, a static surveillance team and a video surveillance team had raided a farmhouse in Pipili around 12.30 AM after getting information that a feast was being arranged along with distribution of money to influence voters.

Some miscreants launched attack on the three teams leaving five officials injured. The victims have been identified as flying squad officer Rabi Narayan Patra, videographers Purna Chandra Dash & Sushant Pradhan and two others.

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