Cuttack, May 16: The locals of the Baliapada area within Sadar police limits here foiled an abduction bid of a minor girl in the area last night.
As per reports, some miscreants attempted to abduct the minor girl from near an ashram in the locality. However, the locals managed to foil the bid and rescue the minor girl. The miscreants managed to flee the spot taking advantage of the darkness.
Thereafter, the locals detained a worker of the ashram and thrashed him alleging his involvement in the kidnapping.
On being alerted, police rushed to the spot and took stock of the situation. However, the locals refused to hand over the accused to the police and reportedly manhandled the team.
Later, Sadar police station IIC Sudhansu Jena, ACP, and other senior police officials reached the village and pacified the locals, and brought the situation under control.
The accused has been detained for questioning and further investigation into the matter is underway to nab the culprits involved, said a police official.