Youth killed in bike-pickup van head-on crash, locals block road

Boudh: Tension prevailed in Chari Chhak Bazar area under Purunakatak police limits in the district this morning after a biker was mowed down by a pickup van.

The deceased has been identified as Ganesh Behera, a resident of Gunduribida village.

The crash took place at around 9.30 am in the morning while the victim was en-route to a nearby village in some work. Driver of a speeding pickup van which was coming from the opposite direction lost control over the wheels and ended up hitting the bike head-on right in front of the State Bank of India (SBI) building.

Behera died on the spot following the collision.

Soon after the news of the mishap spread, the family members and the locals blocked Khordha-Balangir NH-57 in protest and brought the vehicular movement to a grinding halt. They demanded compensation to the next of kin of the deceased.

Purunakatak Police rushed to the spot and pacified the mob to clear the road.

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