2 arrested in Rangamatia murder case

Two men were arrested for their alleged involvement in the September 28 murder of a youth of Rangamatia area in the city on Friday. The accused, Bikali Behera and Dipuna Barik, were rounded up in Sambalpur district by the special squad of commissionerate police. Three other co-accused are still on the run. “The absconders would be arrested soon,” said DCP (Bhubaneswar) Nitinjeet Singh.

The arrested duo along with three others of the same area hacked Ranjan Behera, secretary of a local youth club, to death due to previous enmity. The rival groups had picked up a brawl during Ganesh idol immersion ceremony on September 26, two days before the murder. The assailants attacked Behera with sharp-edged weapons when he was standing in front of his shop in Rangamatia. Behera was trading in construction material.

On Thursday, many residents, including Behera’s family and friends staged a demonstration in Rangamatia demanding immediate arrest of killers. Singh had visited the area and assured the locals to arrest the culprits within three days.

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