Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bolangir, Jul 7:
Panic gripped Raghavpali village under Sadar police station limits in Odisha’s Bolangir district after a gang of miscreants chopped off both hands of a youth of the village this morning.
According to reports, the miscreants numbering 15-20 attacked Khirod Mishra, a youth of Raghavpali village, with sharp weapons and chopped off his two hands.
Following information, a Sadar police team went to the village and rushed Mishra to the district headquarters hospital from where he was shifted to VSS Medical College and Hospital in Burla. But as his condition became critical, he was shifted to SCB Medical College and Hospital.
Police suspect old rivalry as the cause of the incident.
“There was an old rivalry between two groups in the village and a case had been registered in this regard and several people booked. The miscreants who assaulted Mishra today had been released on bail recemtly. We will re-arrest them soon,” said IIC of Sadar police station Ananda Chandra Bhoi.
Talking to the media, Bolangir SDPO Narayan Naik said there was a rivalry between the two groups in the village to assert their supremacy. There was a group clash in the village on June 4 this year in which the police had arrested five youths from each group and forwarded them to the court. The court had later remanded them to judicial custody.
“The rival group was waiting to take revenge on Mishra after his release from the jail. As per the plan, about 15-20 youths had waited near a pond on the outskirts of the village this morning. On finding Mishra alone on the way to take bath, they launched a murderous attack on him with sharp weapons and chopped off his two hands”, Naik said.
Investigation is on to nab the miscreants who have absconded after committing the crime, he added.