16 September, Berhampur
Unidentified miscreants today hacked to death ruling BJD councillor Laxmidutta Pradhan of Chhatrapur Notified Area Council (NAC) The deceased leader was councillor of ward number six of Chhatrapur NAC and was also former Chhatra Biju Janata Dal president of Ganjam District.
The councillor, a popular BJD leader of the area and his brother were attacked in front of their house at LIC colony in Chhatrapur by the assailants with sword and other weapons. Both Mr.Pradhan and his brother were rushed to the M K CG Medical College and Hospital at Berhampur in a critical condition where the Councillor was succumbed to his injuries.
Police said around more than ten miscreants attacked Pradhan with sword. His brother came to rescue him but he was also attacked by the criminals. The weapons and bike used in the attack were seized by the police and two police team have been constituted to nab the accused.
The police today raided several places in the district to nab the assailants. The murder of the BJD councillor was the outcome of a past enmity, police said .
The deceased councillor allegedly masterminded the murder of CPI leader Sakura Behera and got an anticipatory bail from the High Court in the murder case.
Odisha Cooperation Minister S N Patro alleged that some BJP members who were earlier with the CPI have killed Laxmidutta Pradhan.