18 December 2019
Bargarh: Days after an unidentified dead body of a youth was discovered at Jagannath Nagar in Barpali block of Bargarh district, police cracked the case and arrested his friend on murder charges.
The deceased identified as Prashant Pardhia of Talipada under Bargarh police limits had been murdered by his friend Rahul Behera of the same locality on December 13.
Bargarh SP Padmini Sahoo informed that the duo had visited Bolangir and had returned to Barpali on December 13, where a dispute arose between them over a stolen mobile phone.
Prashant had stolen the phone in Bargarh which had been returned to the owner by Rahul. Vexed over it, Prashant had asked Rahul to fetch some money from his uncle's house in Barpali to which the latter denied.
Following it, an argument broke between them which turned violent and Rahul hit Prashant on his head with an iron pipe always carried by the latter.
As Prashant died, Rahul fled from the crime scene with former's scooter, mobile phone and purse which was later seized by police.