Panchayat development officers (PDOs) of Hassan district on Monday staged a dharna outside the zilla panchayat (ZP) office in Hassan condemning the assault on a PDO by an elected representative.

R. Ramya, PDO of Satyamangala Gram Panchayat, was allegedly assaulted by the vice-president of the gram panchayat, Manjesh, on Saturday. Ms. Ramya filed a complaint with the Hassan Extension police.

Over 200 PDOs gathered outside the ZP office demanding that action be taken against the elected representative.

ZP president B.R. Satyanarayana spoke to the protesters and assured them of taking steps to prevent the recurrence of such incidents.