Balasore: A youth was thrashed black and blue by unidentified miscreants in Nilgiri area in Balasore district.
According to sources, the incident occurred last night while the victim, identified as Manoj Behera, was returning home after distributing invites for his marriage. He was in Kalijhati area for the same and while coming home through Tinikoshia village, three miscreants approached him and warned him not to marry the girl. They thrashed Manoj and attacked him with blades before fleeing the spot.
The youth was rescued in a critical condition and was admitted to a nearby hospital.
While a case was registered with Nilgiri police, it is suspected that the attack took place over an alleged one-sided love-affair involving the girl.
A probe into the case is underway, sources said.