Pradeep Pattanayak

The body of a man was found hanging from a tree on the campus of Utkal University in Bhubaneswar on Thursday morning. 

The deceased has been identified as Kalia, an auto-rickshaw driver who was living with his family members on the campus. 

According to a source, like any other day, he went to sleep after dinner on Wednesday night. He was in his room till 12 am. Then all the members also went to sleep. On Thursday morning, they couldn’t find him in his room. They launched a frantic search for him. 

Meanwhile, two Vani Vihar staff spotted a body hanging from a tree behind the Jagannath temple located on the campus. Later, the body was identified as that of Kalia and then his family members were intimated and the police were alerted. 

The police reached the spot, recovered the body and sent it to the Capital Hospital for post-mortem. 

While the police are yet to ascertain whether it is a case of suicide or murder, cut marks on the deceased’s hand and body have raised suspicion. 

Registering a case, the police have launched a probe from both suicide and murder angles.

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