Chief Electoral Officer orders transfers after tragic killing in Odisha

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Bhubaneswar, (Reporterspen, May 24: Four days following the fatal stabbing of a 35-year-old autorickshaw driver near a polling booth in Bargarh, the Chief Electoral Officer of Odisha has taken action by ordering the transfer of two police officers.

The CEO instructed the Director General of Police and the Excise Commissioner to relocate the Inspector-in-Charge of Bargarh Sadar police station and the Excise Station officer out of the district within 24 hours. This move comes after it was discovered that the accused involved in the murder were intoxicated at the time of the incident.

The murder occurred on May 20, just 100 meters from a polling booth at Sarsara village, within the Bargarh assembly seat in Bargarh district, causing alarm among residents. Police initially attributed the killing to a drunken altercation, citing previous animosity between the victim, Biswanath Mirdha, an auto driver from Sarsara village, and the assailant, Ashok Mahananda. According to police reports, Mahananda stabbed Mirdha with a khukri during the confrontation.

Mirdha was discovered severely bleeding inside his autorickshaw around noon by villagers, who rushed him to a nearby government health facility. From there, he was referred to Bargarh district headquarters hospital, where he was pronounced dead upon arrival. He had sustained 5 to 6 stab wounds on his body.

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