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In a shocking incident, a man lost his life while attempting to escape from the clutches of his kidnappers by leaping out of a moving vehicle. The incident has been reported from the busy Vani Vihar area under Saheed Nagar police limits in the capital city late Thursday night.
The deceased has been identified as Bichitra Palei, a native of Gadakana on the outskirts of Bhubaneswar.
According to sources, a few youths including a lady reportedly kidnapped Palei in a car. In a bid to save himself, he jumped off the moving vehicle near Utkal University near Vani Vihar Square. Later, the kidnappers tried to chase him and put him back in the car.
However, locals present at the spot came to his rescue and overpowered two of the kidnappers. They were later taken to the Saheed Nagar police station nearby.
Police swung into action and admitted Palei to the Capital Hospital after his condition worsened due to the injuries he suffered after his jump from the moving vehicle. However, he succumbed to his injuries during treatment.
The preliminary probe revealed the kidnapping was because of money lending. The deceased has reportedly taken a loan from one of the accused and had delayed the repayment following which the accused kidnapped him.
However, it is yet to be ascertained where the abductors were taking Palei after the kidnap. Meanwhile, cops have detained the two kidnappers for further probe.
(Reported by Alok Mohanty, OTV)