Bolangir: A car driver was found dead in the Loisinga area of Bolangir on Monday. The accused, a quack identified as Anil Mahakud from Sonepur district, has been detained in connection with the case.
The deceased has been identified as Mukunda Nanda, a resident of Kulerbahal under Puintala police limits. According to reports, Mahakud had hired Nanda’s car for a trip to the Kutasingh area on Sunday evening. Nanda reportedly fainted after having a meal at a roadside eatery. Mahakud quickly took Nanda to Bhima Bhoi Medical College and Hospital in Bolangir, late on Sunday night. Unfortunately, the medical staff declared Nanda as brought dead.
The family members of the deceased, along with locals, suspected foul play and accused Mahakud, a quack, of killing the driver. They detained Mahakud and handed him over to the police, subsequently lodging a formal complaint.
Chandan Nanda, the brother of the deceased Mukunda, alleged that the quack killed his brother after renting his car for the trip. He claimed that Mahakud, who is a pharmacist, took the car and then allegedly murdered Mukunda over fare-related issues. Chandan also questioned Mahakud’s actions, stating that if he had found Mukunda in distress after the meal, he should have informed the local police, but he failed to do so.
In response, accused Mahakud denied the murder allegations, explaining that he and the car driver had shared a meal at a dhaba, but Nanda subsequently felt unwell. Mahakud stated that he advised Nanda to rest in the car until he felt better. However, Nanda did not wake up and appeared motionless, prompting Mahakud to rush him to the hospital, where he was declared dead. Mahakud maintained that the truth would become clear after the post-mortem examination, though the police’s response to the case remains pending.