Police Nabbed 2 For Killing De-Addiction Centre Counsellor

Bhubaneswar; Jan.2: Commissionerate Police arrested two inmates of a de-addiction centre 'Prayas' situated at Naharakanta on the outskirts of the city for their alleged complicity in the killing of the counsellor cum caretaker Sumit Behera, police said on Saturday.

The two absconding inmates-Jyoti and Saroj-were arrested by Mancheswar police late on Friday night. The duo will be produced in court on Saturday.

Police who suspect the involvement of at least six persons in the crime, are continuing with raids at different locations to nab the others.

Notably, the deceased Sumit Ranjan Behera, hailing from Rajkanika in Kendrapara district, was working with a de-addication centre-Prayas- at Naharkanta as counsellor-cum-caretaker since 2010.

As per reports, some of the inmates wanted to celebrate Christmas and New Year celebrations outside the centre which was rejected by Behera.

20-year-old counsellor Sumit Behera had to pay with his life for resisting escape attempts of a group of high-strung addicts from the de-addiction centre on December 29. 

Another staff of the de-addiction centre was also beaten up and tied up even as 36 inmates snatched the keys and made away.

The gruesome killing appears to have been carried out by around six addicts while the complicity of others is being investigated, police said.

According to police, the escape plan was hatched by a a new batch of 12 inmates, who had been admitted to the facility recently.

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