Suryakant Jena

Kendrapara: A youth was beaten to death at a birthday-party at Dhumat Mathasahi under Nikirai police limits in the district here on Wednesday. The deceased has been identified as Santosh Mallick.

According to reports, Santosh was brutally murdered allegedly by one Sunakar who had called the former to the birthday party of his daughter yesterday.

Inspector-In-Charge of Nikirai police station, Gunamani Biswal said Santosh was attacked with a wooden plank when he was having his meal.

Critically injured Santosh was then rushed to Kendrapara district headquarters hospital and later shifted to SCB medical in Cuttack where doctors declared him dead.

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Although the exact reason behind the incident is still unclear, sources said it could be the fallout of some past enmity between them.

The accused Sunakar is absconding while a manhunt has been launched to nab him.