Jajpur: An eminent poet and theatre director Kulamani Samal (80) on Friday died in a road mishap on National highway 53 under Balichandrapur police limits in Jajpur district.
According to sources, Samal, a resident of Bahadur Nagar village in the district, was out on his scooter for some work this morning. Samal was crossing the road when he was hit by a speeding truck resulting in his death on the spot.
On being informed, police rushed to the spot and launched a probe into the matter.
Sources said Samal was associated with many literature organisations. He was also very popular in Badachana and Mahanga.