Balasore: Three Excise officials of Balasore Sadar were critically injured in an attack by a group of unidentified men near Mirigimundi Square in the district on Wednesday.
According to sources, the incident occurred when a team of excise department officials was returning from Rupsa area after arresting a person on charges of the illegal liquor trade.
Nearly 12 unknown men, alleged to be the aides of the arrested liquor trader, attacked the officials and fled with the trader.
In the attack, nearly three officials sustained critical injuries. Besides, the vehicle in which the officials were returning was also damaged by the hooligans.
Sources said, acting on reliable inputs, the excise officials this morning conducted a raid at Rupsa area. During the search, the officials and apprehended an illegal liquor trader.