De-addicition centre caretaker murdered, inmates flee

Bhubaneswar: In a shocking incident, the caretaker of a de-addiction centre at Naharkanta on the outskirts of the city was found murdered on Tuesday.

Soon after the news spread, about 36 of the 45 inmates have fled the centre, police said.

Eyewitnesses said Sumit Ranjan Behera, caretaker of ‘Prayas De-addiction Centre’, was found lying in a room with hands and legs tied. Other inmates of the centre said Behera had slept with the inmates who fled later after dinner last night.

After being informed about the incident, police have begun investigation.

“We have detained some inmates of the centre in connection with the case. We have sent the body of the deceased for post-mortem,” Bhubaneswar DCP Satyabrat Bhoi said.

“We had no information about the incident. In the afternoon, we got to know about it. We are investigating the matter to find out what led to the death of the caretaker,” Bhoi stated.

The matter meanwhile took a new turn after another inmate informed police that those who have fled the centre had a scuffle with Behera in the morning regarding their prolonged stay at the centre.

“Some inmates came rushing towards me in the morning and asked for the key of the main gate. When I asked them to approach Sumit, they said they have killed him,” Badri Pati, another inmate of the centre said while describing about the incident.

“Probably they didn’t want to stay more inside the centre,” Pati said adding that they all were terrified.

Police sources said the detained inmates will be interrogated to know about the behaviour of the inmates, who have fled the centre after the incident this morning.

“We will interrogate the detainees. How many of the inmates are involved in the case can be known only after further investigation,” the DCP said.