Puja turns tragic! Priest run over by vehicle in Odisha

Malkangiri: In a freak mishap, a priest was killed after being run over a pick-up van while performing puja of the vehicle in Malkangiri on Friday. The deceased has been identified as Chaturbhuja Mohanty of Netalagandhi village.

The incident occurred when Chaturbhuja had gone to Durkajodi village to perform puja of a new vehicle purchased by one Trinath Pujari.

After arranging all materials for conducting the puja, Chaturbhuja reportedly had placed lemons under the wheels of the vehicle and asked the owner to run them over.

As the pickup van was already in gear, it reportedly ran over Chaturbhuja who was standing nearby. Sources said the son of the vehicle owner was on the steering wheel.

Meanwhile, police have initiated a probe into the shocking incident.