Odisha Panchayat Polls: Nuapada Sarpanch candidate found in unconscious state

Nuapada: A day before the third phase of Odisha Panchayat Election, the Sarpanch candidate of Khadial block in Nuapada district has been found in an unconscious state.

The victim has been identified as Chulamani Baitharu of Sunari Sikuan village under Khadial block.

Reportedly, he is contesting in the Panchayat polls for the ‘Open Book’ symbol.

Early this morning, Chulamani’s family found him in an unconscious state from one kilometre away from his village. His hands and legs were tied when he was spotted by his family.

The actual cause and culprit behind this incident are yet to be ascertained. Till the last reports came in, his health condition was said to be stable.

Earlier on February 17, before the second phase of the election, the husband of a Samiti Member candidate of Sankulei gram panchayat was allegedly kidnapped in Dhenkanal.

However, he was rescued the next day in an unconscious state from under a bridge near Bajichowk under Town police limits. His family had lodged a complaint with the local police station and alleged that somebody from the opposition party might have kidnapped him.

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