Armed youth barges into house in Odisha’s Balangir, holds family hostage

Balangir: A youth carrying a gun barged into a house in Shantipada area of Odisha’s Balangir district and allegedly held the family members hostage after locking the doors from inside, this morning.

On being informed about the incident, police and Fire Service personnel rushed to the spot and initiated efforts to communicate with the youth to know about his demands. Later, police managed to enter the house through a window and started rescuing the family members.

According to reports, the accused, a businessman namely Bikram Panda, was in a relationship with a girl, who works as a clerk at the Bhima Bhoi Medical College & Hospital here. The kin of the girl had recently rejected his proposal of marrying her.

In a fit of rage, Panda entered the house of Madan Mohan Hota, the girl’s uncle, located in Shantipada, this morning. He threatened the family members at gunpoint and also demanded the girl’s presence at the spot, reports added.

After a five-hour-long operation, cops nabbed the youth and arrested him. He fired 2-3 rounds of bullets towards himself, attempting suicide, said Balangir SP.

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