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Tension in Odisha town following brutal murder of young CPI leader

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Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Chhatrapur, July 24:

There is considerable tension in Chhatrapur town in Odisha’s Ganjam district following the brutal murder of a young Communist leader who was hacked to death by six persons on Wednesday night.

Sakura Behera
Sakura Behera

According to reports, Sakura Behera (30), a well-known local CPI leader, was travelling on a bike with a senior party leader Krushna Nayak after having a meeting with a lawyer Adi Narayan at Basnapalli, when they were intercepted by six persons who came in three bikes near Kali temple at Shanti Nagar at about 8 PM.

As soon as Behera stopped, one of the youths got down from the bike and placed a revolver on his head. Even as Krushna Nayak resisted the youth and prevented him from pressing the trigger, four other assailants hacked Behera with swords before fleeing the area.

The critically injured Behera, who sustained deep wounds on his face and neck, was first rushed to Chhatrapur government hospital and then to MKCG Medical College and Hospital in Brahmapur where the doctors pronounced him ‘brought dead’.

Following information, police rushed to the spot and started a manhunt to nab the criminals.

Till reports last came, none of the accused has been arrested despite a series of raids by the police.

The local MLA, in his complaint with the police, has mentioned the name of two accused as Mohan Das of Kumarbegpalli and Jagan Reddy of Badareddika Sahi of Chhatrapur who had attacked the deceased CPI leader.