Puri, May 17: The Puri Police on Tuesday has arrested five individuals for allegedly assaulting and attempting to kill a journalist working for Prameya newspaper.
The accused have been identified as Rahul Das, Kalandi Charan Das, S. Rabi Rao, G. Shankar Rao and D Suresh Behera.
The police have informed that three more accused who were involved in the incident are still absconding.
According to sources, Bikram Keshari, the victim had gone on a vacation to Puri with a few of his friends.
There Bikram had a heated argument with Rahul, the owner of a fast-food shop that was near the lodge he was staying in. Bikram alleged that Rahul kept on insisting him to buy food from him even after being refused multiple times.
Aggravated by the incident, Rahul along with aides attacked Bikram and snatched his phone and gold ring.
Following the incident, Bikram filed a complaint with the Sea beach Police station who then immediately swung into action and arrested the miscreants.
However, the police are still looking for three more absconding individuals who were involved in the incident.