Sarpanch candidate missing

Berhampur: A candidate contesting for the sarpanch post in Ambapua Gram Panchayat in Ganjam district was missing since Friday, police said today.

C Pradhan, the elder brother of the missing candidate Pramod Kumar Pradhan today lodged a complaint in this regard with the police.

Though the family members have searched him here and there, there was no trace of Pramod. His mobile telephone was found switched off. “A missing case has been registered at police outpost at Belaguntha. Search was on to locate him”, said Sub-Divisional Police Officer (SDPO) Bhanjanagar, Utkal Keshari Das.

Pramod was at Bhanjanagar at about 1 PM on Friday for registration of a land. He had also sent some money through one of his relatives to handover the money to his wife before he went missing, the police said adding that Pramod, however, did not attend the rally scheduled at the village attended by the BJD MLA (Sorada) Purna Chandra Swain.

Pramod also did not return the home last night, said inspector in charge, Bhanjanagar police station Aswini Kumar Sahu.