Chandbali: A thief was thrashed while trying to steal prawn from a pond at Vidutprabha village here in Bhadrak district last night.
The accused has been identified as Bhaskar Dash of Nayakandi area.
While a group of thieves entered the pond to loot prawn, some villagers spotted them and informed others.
However, only Bhaskar was caught by villagers and other thieves fled the spot. Later, villagers beat him severely.
Police reached the spot, rescued the accused from angry villagers and rushed him to hospital for treatment.
Further investigation is underway to nab other thieves.