Balasore: In a gruesome incident that has become the talk of the town, three unidentified miscreants allegedly inflicted deep wounds on the body of a youth with a blade in Nilagiri area on Friday.
The victim Manoj Behera had reportedly gone to Kalijhati area to invite some guests to his marriage scheduled on January 19. While he was returning, three persons stopped him near Tinikoshia forests and threatened him to cancel the wedding.
Even after a heated argument when Behera refused to agree with them, the miscreants thrashed him and later attacked him with a blade. They then fled the scene leaving him bleeding at the spot.
The youth was later rescued in a critical condition and rushed to the hospital for treatment.
Even as prima facie it seems the attack was an outcome of a triangular love affair, Nilagiri police has registered a case and initiated an investigation into the incident. A manhunt has also been launched to nab the accused, sources said.