Youth killed, 2 critical in attack during Shivaratri procession in Sambalpur

Sambalpur: A youth was killed while two others were rendered critical after miscreants attacked them with sharp-edged weapons over past enmity during a procession for Shivaratri festival at Khaliapali village under Balam panchayat under Sadar police limits in Sambalpur district, Friday night.

The deceased was identified as Agyan Prakash Nayak, a data entry operator at Jamankira tehsil office. The injured were Bibhu Jardia and Firoj Subudhi in the village. The accused, Bikash Mahananda alias Kempa and his accomplices, fled the scene after the incident which was the fallout of a fight between three youths and Mahananda during Durga Puja festival last year.

The incident triggered tension in the area as the miscreants managed to sneak into the crowd and assaulted the youths despite police presence in the procession. The village which was abuzz with activities due to the festival was found deserted with the organisers cancelling the two-day festival Saturday. The incident occurred when a procession comprising the deities of two temples were taking rounds in the village on the first day of the festival.