Devbrat Patnaik

Rayagada: Panic prevailed in Kutragada village under Muniguda police limits of the district after the body of a man was found under the Bansadhara River bridge this morning. The deceased Ramchandra Mahanandia was working as a teacher in Samadala School, sources said.

Soon after locals spotted the half-naked body under the bridge, they informed police about the incident who rushed to the spot and recovered the body.

Police have reportedly initiated an investigation while the body has been sent for post-mortem. A two-wheeler found at the spot was also seized by police.

"Based on the preliminary evidences, it is being suspected that the teacher's body was dumped after killing him. Further investigation will be based on the post-mortem report," said a senior police official.

Meanwhile, Ramchandra's family members have lodged a complaint with the police alleging that he has been murdered.