Ganjam: A youth was allegedly murdered by his two friends at Ekalpur village under Badagada police limits in Bhanjanagar of Ganjam district on Friday.
Sitaram Das was strangled to death by his friends Jitu Rout and Jilu Nayak. However, the motive behind the crime is yet to be ascertained.
According to sources, Sitaram was allegedly thrashed by his friends following an argument over some trivial issue. Later, they allegedly strangled him to death.
While Jitu was caught by the locals and was handed over to Badagada police, another accused Jilu managed to flee the spot.
Jitu has been detained for interrogation and an investigation into the incident is underway, police said. Though the actual reason behind the murder is yet to be ascertained, it is suspected that the fight broke out over past enmity, the police added.