Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Berhampur, Feb 21:
Polling for Zilla Parishad Member and Ward Member posts was cancelled in Brahmanasahi Gram Panchayat (GP) under Seragada block in Odisha’s Ganjam district today following the murder of a Sarpanch candidate.
The voting in the panchayat was cancelled due to worsened law and order situation in the area after the Sarpanch candidate’s death, informed Rabindra Nath Sahu, State Election Commission (SEC) secretary.
According to reports, body of Sarpanch candidate Bulukumar Pradhan was recovered from a pond this morning.
A clash had erupted between Pradhan and his opponent group last night. Both sides attacked each other with knives and swords in which eight persons were critically injured and hospitalised.
On the other hand, Pradhan was reportedly hacked and thrown into a nearby pond.