Odisha: Another Journalist Attacked In Puri, Hospitalised

**Puri:** Attack on media personnel has been on the rise in State as a journalist was beaten with a wooden plank by unidentified miscreants near Beleswarpatna in Puri district on Friday.

Reportedly, the incident took place when Bikram Acharya had gone to report on an accident on the Puri-Konark marine drive road. Five miscreants attacked him when he was clicking pictures of the accident scene, said sources.

Bikram sustained injuries on his head, chest and ear. He was rescued by locals and officials of Marine Police Station who rushed him to Sadar hospital here. In his complaint, Bikram alleged that he was attacked by three to four persons. While many have said that past enmity is the reason behind the attack, further probe to ascertain the exact reason is currently underway.

According to latest reports, three persons have been detained in connection with the case while main accused is still at large.

It is notable to mention here that on January 30, a journalist in Kendrapara named Kumaresh Nayak had been brutally attacked following which the main accused in the case was arrested yesterday. On January 28, a circulation manager in Balangir named Pratap Mahapatra had been killed on his way to office. Two days before that on January 26, Kapilendra Pradhan, working for an Odia daily, was thrashed by a young group inside Maharaja Theatre for opposing indecent remarks on women following which three accused were arrested by Saheed Nagar police.

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