Keonjhar: Former Ghasipura legislator candidate of Keonjhar district Ramachandra Behera was brutally killed by unidentified miscreants allegedly over political rivalry last night.
Sources said some miscreants called Behera, ex-chairman of Anandpur block, from his residence at Dharakote late last night and attacked him with sharp weapons before fleeing the spot. Locals rescued him and admitted him to a hospital in Anandpur in critical condition. However, he died while being shifted to SCB Medical College and Hospital in Cuttack.
As per latest reports, four persons were arrested in connection with the incident this morning though police did not divulge any further details.
The four accused are being interrogated and investigation of the murder case is underway, sources added.
Meanwhile, irate locals took to streets and staged a road blockade on NH-20 demanding stern action against the culprits. To avoid any untoward incident, police personnel were deployed at the spot till last reports came in.