Bhadrak: A youth identified as Murali Jena, was hacked to death and his mutilated body was recovered from a drain near Balipokhari Bazar in Bhadrak district on Friday. The deceased was a resident of Agarpada area in the district.
According to sources, Murali was headed to Balipokhari village for some work along with his friends when he was attacked with sharp weapons by a group of goons last night.
The assailants also attacked his friends when they tried to interfere following which three of them sustained critical injuries. The attackers then escaped from the spot.
Meanwhile, some locals claimed that Murali was hacked to death over past enmity.
While the exact cause behind the murder is yet to be ascertained, the deceased’s sister-in-law alleged that Murali had a long-running dispute with the village sarpanch, which has led to his death.
When asked, police said that “prime-facie evidence indicates murder as there were multiple injuries on the body.” The body has been for a post-mortem and an investigation is underway, the police said.