Chhatrapur Councillor murder: Odisha HC extends interim protection to 2 BJP leaders

Cuttack: The Orissa High Court (HC) extended the interim protection from arrest granted to BJP leaders Bhrugu Baxipatra and Golak Mohapatra today, in connection with the murder case of Chhatrapur Councillor Laxmidutt Pradhan.

According to reports, the police failed to submit the case diary of the murder case today, as directed by the HC in its previous hearing. The next hearing has been scheduled for May 4.

On September 16, 2017, Chhatrapur Councillor from NAC Ward- 6 Laxmidutta Pradhan was brutally hacked to death by a group of armed miscreants in front of his residence in broad daylight. After investigation, police had arrested 17 persons in this connection.

Odisha police had served notices to both the BJP leaders on Jan 29, to appear before them separately on Feb 7 and Feb 9. However, both Mohapatra and Buxipatra did not appear at the Chhatrapur police station in Ganjam for the interrogation.

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