Body of sarpanch found

Berhampur: The mutilated body of a ruling BJD supporter and former sarpanch was found at Digapahandi-Podamari road in Ganjam district today.

The body of Srinibash Rath (45), former sarapanch of Maoulabanja gram panchayat, was found on the road near Digapahandi, about 30 km from here with injury marks, police said.

"We are investigating the matter. It`s premature to draw any conclusion," said Inspector in Charge (Digapahandi) S S Biswal amidst speculation that the former sarpanch might have been killed.

Rath`s wife had unsuccessfully contested for the post of samiti member from Maoulabanja gram panchayat in the recently held panchayat election.