Mahanga BJP leader’s murder: Five teams formed to hunt down assailants

Cuttack: Five teams were formed to hunt down the accused in the murder of BJP leader Kulamani Baral and one of his associates in Mahanga area on Saturday evening.

Cuttack Rural SP Jugal Kishore Kumar Banoth on Sunday said each team is headed by an Inspector Rank official, monitored by two Additional SPs and a DSP under the direct supervision of the SP, who is camping at Mahanga Police Station.

He said that raids are being conducted at different places to nab the accused. Some suspects have been identified, but they will be arrested soon based on the evidence.

Reports said BJP’s Salepur in-charge and former chairman of Mahanga Block was attacked on the way at Jankoti on Saturday at around 7.30 PM when he was returning home with his associate Dibya Singh Baral on a motorcycle.

The assailants comprising six men hacked the duo repeatedly leaving them seriously injured. They were rushed to Mahanga Community Health Centre where doctors declared Kulamani dead.

His associate, Dibya was shifted to SCB Medical College and Hospital as his condition deteriorate. He succumbed while undergoing treatment at SCB Medical. Cuttack Rural police have registered a case and investigating the incident.

Law Minister Pratap Jena while condemning the murder of Kulamani, said the government never patronise violence in politics and added that stringent action will be taken against those who have done this heinous act. The minister said that he will personally see that the culprits are nabbed and punished.

Meanwhile, BJP Cuttack district unit president Prakash Behera has said the party will hold demonstrations in all blocks of Cuttack district from tomorrow demanding immediate arrest of culprits.

Odisha unit chief of BJP Samir Mohanty has demanded the resignation of Mahanga MLA & law minister Pratap Jena. He said the deceased’s son blamed Jena in the FIR, therefore, he should resign on moral grounds.

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