Odisha youth found dead in hotel; female friend detained

Bhubaneswar: A 23-year-old youth was found dead under mysterious circumstances in a hotel in Charampa area of Odisha’s Bhadrak district today.

The deceased has been identified as Devraj Samal, son of Duryadhan Samal, of Jalahari village under Bhandaripokhari police limits in Bhadrak. Devraj was working in a private firm in Odisha capital, police said.

Devraj along with a female friend had checked into the hotel yesterday. He reportedly tried to end his life in the hotel room in the wee hours of today, sources said.

Devraj was rushed to the District Headquarters Hospital (DHH) in a critical condition. However, he was declared dead on arrival, sources added.

On being informed, Bhadrak Town police reached the spot and launched a probe into the incident after registering a case in this regard. The police also detained Devraj’s female friend for questioning, sources said.

“We have handed over the body to the deceased’s family after conducting a postmortem. The female friend of the deceased has been detained for questioning,” said a police officer.

Devraj’s family members, meanwhile, alleged that someone might have killed him in the hotel room. They urged police to find out the real culprits behind the incident and take stern action against them.


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