TNI Bureau: Former Mahanga Block Chairman & Senior BJP leader Kulamani Baral was hacked to death by some unidentified miscreants near Jankoti this evening.
He was on a bike when the attack took place. Kulamani Baral was immediately rushed to Mahanga Hospital where he was declared dead.
His associate was shifted to SCB Medical College and Hospital, Cuttack in a critical condition. He later succumbed to his injuries.
Past rivalry is suspected to be behind the murder. However, BJP leader Bhrugu Baxipatra and other leaders have termed it as a political murder.
Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan has condemned the incident and expressed deep grief. He also sought strong action against the culprits.
Kulamani Baral was also the Mandal Prabhari of BJP in Salepur.
କଟକ ଜିଲ୍ଲା ମାହାଙ୍ଗା ନିର୍ବାଚନ ମଣ୍ଡଳିର ଆମ ଦଳର ବରିଷ୍ଠ ନେତା ତଥା ମାହାଙ୍ଗା ବ୍ଲକର ପୂର୍ବତନ ଅଧ୍ୟକ୍ଷ କୂଳମଣି ବରାଳଙ୍କୁ ନିର୍ମମ ଭାବେ ହତ୍ୟା କରାଯାଇଥିବା ଗଣମାଧ୍ୟମରୁ ଶୁଣି ମୁଁ ଅତ୍ୟନ୍ତ ଦୁଃଖିତ ଓ ମର୍ମାହତ ।
— Dharmendra Pradhan (@dpradhanbjp) January 2, 2021
Shocked & devastated to know that our Senior party leader & former Mahanga Block Chairman Shri Kulamani Baral was hacked to death by some miscreants.
Political intolerance on rise in Odisha. Sane & truthful voices are being silenced. Seems Bengal Model is being replicated here. pic.twitter.com/9AfLmarEny
— Bhrugu Baxipatra (@BhruguBJP) January 2, 2021