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Rashmi Rekha Das

Bhubaneswar Deputy Commissioner of Police Prateek Singh on Wednesday unravelled the mystery behind murder of P Subrat Rao alias Chandu. Chandu was brutally murdered at a slum area in Bhubaneswar's Unit-8 on September 9.

Holding a press meet, DCP said, “Extortion is the reason behind murder. Police arrested main accused Ranju Nayak and Kanhha in this connection.”

“Chandu used to be an antisocial youth. As many as seven cases are pending against him.  He used to visit Ranju’s house and extort money from her. Some days back, Chandu had assaulted Ranju’s sister when the latter failed to give him money. This had happened in the absence of Ranju and Kanha. On the fateful day, Chandu had gone to extort money when Ranju and Kanha beat him to death,” DCP informed media.

Ranju and Kanha had fled the scene after committing the crime. They were planning to leave for Kerala when police arrested them from Tara Singh area. 

Chandu’s family members had earlier alleged that Chandu was killed for opposing narcotics trade at Narayani slum area in the Capital city. They even claimed that Chandu was sharing information about the narcotics trade with Commissionerate Police officials.

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