More than one thousand residents carried out an anti-liquor rally in Namatara village on Sunday, about 160 km from Bhubaneswar.

They also ransacked a wine shop, police said. When police tried to prevent them, villagers pelted stones and attacked them.

The protesters also set fire to a police jeep and damaged a fire brigade vehicle.

"Police were compelled to resort to a baton charge and blank firing to disperse the protesters," Superintendent of Police Satish Kumar Gajbhiye said.

At least 13 policemen, including the inspector-in-charge of a police station and nine villagers were injured in the incident, he said.

"The situation remained tense but under control. We have arrested six villagers for attacking police," he said.

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