Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Feb 7:

In a significant development, the State Election Commission (SEC) today recommended the Odisha government for a Crime Branch probe into Tarabha youth murder.

The SEC today recommended the Home Department for a probe by the Crime Branch into the Tarabha murder youth case, informed Commission’s Secretary Rabindra Sahu speaking to reporters here today.

Worth mentioning, Salman Rout a BJP worker of Tarabha village in Dhenkanal district was shot at by unidentified miscreants on Saturday night following which he was admitted to the District Headquarters Hospital in a profusely bleeding condition. However, he succumbed to his injuries while undergoing treatment at the hospital.

Police have arrested Byomkesh Biswal, an OSAP jawan posted in Keonjhar, for his alleged complicity in the case.

Prohibitory orders were enforced in Tarabha on Sunday after mob set ablaze the house of Biswal, tractor, motorcycles and heaps of paddy crops stashed in the backyard.

The BJP had observed a 12-hour dawn-to-dusk bandh in Odisha’s Dhenkanal district on Monday in protest against the killing of their party activist Rout.

The party today staged demonstrations and held protest meetings against the killing of its party worker in all sub divisional headquarters across the state. The party while alleging involvement of local MLA and Mines Minister Prafulla Mallick in the conspiracy had demanded his arrest.

Notably, two groups had clashed in the village over putting up of posters for the upcoming three-tier panchayat polls in the state. It was alleged that Byomkesh pumped bullets into Salman’s chest from point-blank range.