Pradeep Pattanayak

In a shocking incident, a miscreant stoned a five-year-old boy to death in front of the minor's father atop Saraguli hill near Mendara village under Dabugaon Police limits of Nabarangpur district on Thursday. 

The deceased has been identified as the son of Sunadhar Pujari, a priest of a Lord Shiva temple located atop Saraguli hill. The accused has been identified as Jalandhara Santa, a resident of Mendara village. 

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According to sources, like any other day, Sunadhar along with his five-year-old son went to the temple. While Sunadhar was worshipping in the temple, his son was playing outside. Then, Jalandhar reached there and started attacking Sunadhar’s son with a stone. Hearing his son’s cries, Sunadhar rushed out of the temple and tried to save his son but ended up being beaten up. 

After killing the boy, Jalandhar fled from the spot after severing the boy’s left leg and right hand. 

On being informed, a team from Dabugaon Police Station reached the spot, recovered the body, and sent it for post-mortem. The cops also managed to nab the accused Jalandhar.

(Reported by Trinath Dharua)