Odisha police arrest man for killing friend

Reported by Malay Ray
Sundargarh, Mar 18:

Police in Odisha’s Sundargarh arrested and forwarded to court a 36-year-old person on Wednesday for allegedly killing his friend on Monday night. Police had recovered the body from near a pond at Bichumunda village on Tuesday.

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Sources in  Sundargarh police said Madhuram Soren, a resident of Bandhapali village under Sadar police station of Sundargarh, had lodged an FIR in Sadar Police station on Tuesday morning stating that a youth identified as Babulu Soren (32) of his village had been killed and his body was lying near a pond of Bichumunda village.

He said he came to know of the dead body when he had gone to the Bichumunda pond to relieve himself on Tuesday morning. He identified the body of Babulu lying on the spot and found his face, ears and eyes wounded. Several people had already gathered on the spot.

After receiving the FIR, Sadar police team had gone to the spot and had seized his body and conducted post-mortem before handing over the body to his family members.

Sadar police had registered a murder case and started investigating the case.

On Wednesday afternoon, police arrested one Bijay Kerketta (36), a resident of Bankibahal under Kinjrikela police station of Sundargarh, for allegedly killing Babulu Soren on Monday night. Bijay was staying in his in-laws house at Bandhapali.

During interrogation, Bijay Kerketta confessed his crime before police,.  He said he and his friend Babulu Soren had consumed alcohol together at Bichumunda village  on Monday night. At around 8 pm, while they were walking in an inebrieted condition, Babulu Soren  told him that he is Hanuman and nobody can do any harm to him. While saying this, Babulu gave him a blow on his chest.

An angry Bijay, who said he was a martial art exponent, hit Babulu back on his face, ear and eyes and hit Babulu’s chest with his elbow. Babulu fell on the spot and died. He then fled from the spot. After recording the statement of Bijay Kerketta, police forwarded him to court on Wednesday evening.

“Accused Bijay Kerketta has confessed before us that he killed Babulu Soren. He has been arrested and forwarded to court on Wednesday evening,” said Suchitra Jena, Sub Inspector, Sadar Police station, Sundargarh.

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