Baripada: A man was allegedly murdered by three persons following a dispute between them over Rs 40 at Pathanapaka village under Kaptipada block of Odisha’s Mayurbhanj district.
The matter came to fore after the body was exhumed by police from a nearby forest yesterday.
According to reports, Shama Sijoi (35), the deceased, was playing cards with Surendra Patra, Nidhia Hembram and Sirika Hembram on September 17 night in the village.
Shama won Rs 40 in a bet during the game with the trio. However, the three asked Shama to return them their money, to which he refused.
A heated exchange of words erupted between them, which soon took an ugly turn as the three allegedly strangled Shama to death with a chain. They later took the body to a nearby forest and buried it there.
A complaint over missing of Shama was lodged with police by his family members. During investigation, police arrested Surendra and Sirika and they confessed to the crime. Till last reports came in, Nidhia was absconding.
The body has been recovered by police and sent to Udala hospital for post-mortem. Investigation into the incident is underway.