Ganjam: Mystery shrouded the death of a youth, whose half-charred body was found in Sunapalli village under Kabisuryanagar police limits in Ganjam district on Friday morning.
As per initial reports, the identity of the youth is yet to be ascertained.
The incident came to light after some locals spotted smoke emanating from a haystack and immediately rushed to the spot. Upon reaching the area, the villagers found a half-burnt body that might have been set on fire last night.
On being informed, police reached the spot and seized the body for post mortem.
While the exact circumstances that led to the death of the youth remained unknown, it is being suspected that the youth was allegedly murdered somewhere and later his body was dumped and set on fire on a heap of hay, sources said.
While the mouth of the youth was stuffed with a handkerchief, a gold chain donned by the youth was also recovered, sources added.