Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Puri, Jan 11:

Puri police arrested three persons late last night for their alleged involvement in the murder of lawyer-cum-hotelier Chandan Behera in the city.


Raids were conducted by police at several places following which the three were arrested, informed Puri SP Sarthak Sarangi.

The arrested were identified as Kapilash Bhoi, Basudev Bhat and Brajakishore Bhoi.

Sharp weapons, one revolver, six bullets, one car and a bike were seized from their possession, he said.

Behera had purchased a piece of land in which the three accused had cooperated following which he gave job to the trio at the hotel with free accommodation and food. Later, the hotel was leased out by Behera which led to a dispute between him and the accused, the SP said.

Notably, Behera was hacked to death by unknown assailants on January 8 evening inside the compound of Sai Kutir Lodge owned by him. Behera was attacked with swords while he was returning to the lodge with one of his staff Krushna pillion riding with him on a scooter. Krushna also received minor injuries in the attack.

Lawyers across Odisha had resorted to one-day cease work yesterday protesting the incident and demanding immediate arrest of the culprits.