Bhadrak: The coal cartel (mafia) on Monday night set the car of a man on fire branding him as a police informer following which the victim has lodged a written complaint with the local police station.
The incident took place at Marpur village in Ichhapur Piribindha area under Bhadrak Rural Police Station (PS) limits of the district.
The Honda car owner has been identified as Pratap Kumar Behera while his personal vehicle was torched last night when it was parked near his house.
According to Pratap, he has to bear the brunt following raids on the coal cartel by the police.
Yesterday, the RPF (railway police force) personnel were on their raiding drive near Ichhapur and had sought certain information on the coal pilferage from Pratap and he had helped them.
Notably, the miscreants are minting lot of money by stealing coal from the goods trains running along the Bhadrak-Dhamra rail line.