Attack over ‘cigarette price’ claims shopkeeper’s life in Odisha

Balasore: A group of youths allegedly killed a shopkeeper following an altercation between them over price of cigarette at Rajdhani Chhak under Singla police limits in Odisha’s Balasore district, today.

The deceased has been identified as Subas Patra. According to reports, four youths came to the shop this morning for buying cigarette. A heated exchange of words erupted between the shopkeeper and the youths over the price of cigarette.

The incident took a violent turn as the youths attacked Patra leaving him critically injured. He was rescued by locals and rushed to the Balasore District Headquarters Hospital, where doctors referred him to the SCB Medical College and Hospital in Cuttack. However, he succumbed to his injuries on the way to SCB Hospital.

On the other hand, locals nabbed two of the accused and handed them over to police. Tension ran high at the spot as locals blocked road by burning tyres demanding compensation for the family of the deceased.

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