Tent house owner killed during wedding procession in Odisha village

Gop: Tension erupted at Balikandala village under Gop police limits in Puri district after brutal murder of a tent house owner during a wedding procession yesterday night.

According to reports, Kalia Pradhan, a resident of Erabanga village, was running a tent house business. He had been to Balikandala village for a wedding event on Friday.

He was allegedly attacked by a DJ owner following a heated argument over tearing of tent clothes during marriage procession in the village.

Source said that situation turned violent after a vehicle carrying DJ equipment during marriage procession allegedly tore tent clothes leading to altercation between the tent house owner and DJ owner.

During squabble, the DJ owner allegedly stabbed the tent house owner in head with a dagger. Later, the accused ran his DJ vehicle over the victim leaving him in a pool of blood.

The locals rushed the victim to the Community Health Centre (CHC), Gop, where the doctors declared him dead.

Reports said that police officials reached spot late after the incident for which and villagers of Erabanga allegedly heckled the cops. Expressing outrage over the murder, irate locals hit the streets at Begunia Chhak by burning tyres and disrupting vehicular traffic on Pipili-Konark Road.

Police source said that the DJ owner has fled from the scene and one his vehicles has been detained.

“Discussion is underway with the protestors to bring the situation under control. We wish cooperation from Erabanga villagers. We have detained one vehicle belonging to the accused DJ owner. Efforts are on to bring the accused to the police station,” Gop Police Station IIC said.



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