Malkangiri: A man was found dead under mysterious circumstance in a forest near Jhariaguda village of Khairiput block in Malkangiri district on Monday.
The deceased has been identified as Mangala Pujari of the same locality.
According to sources, Pujari had gone to somewhere for his farming related work, three days ago and did not return home.
It is suspected that he might have been attacked and killed by a wild bear while returning through the forest road as his body bore several injury marks.
On being informed, police reached the spot and launched a probe into the incident.
While a detailed investigation into the matter is underway, the actual cause behind his death will be ascertained after the post-mortem report arrives, the police said.