Berhampur (Odisha), Sep 22 (PTI) Odisha police today arrested eight persons for their alleged involvement in the killing of BJD councillor Laxmidutta Pradhan in Ganjam district. Also Read - 15-Feet-Long King Cobra Rescued From Odisha's Ganjam, Released in Forest

“We are trying to nab others involved in the murder,” Superintendent of Police (Ganjam), Ashish Kumar Singh said. Also Read - Odisha Lockdown Extension News: 14-day Complete Shutdown in Ganjam, Khurdha, Cuttack, Jajpur, Rourkela From Today Till July 31 | Check Guidelines

A group of men had on September 16 dragged Laxmidutta Pradhan (35), councillor of ward no. 6 in Chhatrapur Notified Area Council (NAC), out of his house and attacked him with sharp weapons, following which he succumbed to injuries in a hospital. Also Read - 63-Year-Old Odisha Woman With 19 Toes & 12 Fingers Sets New Guinness World Record

The SP said CCTV footage obtained from the house of Pradhan helped the police to nab the accused.

Police have also seized a car, three motor-cycles, a blood-stained sword, a broken wooden baton and a hard-disk of CCTV camera footage, from the accused persons.

Enmity is suspected to be the cause of the killing, Singh added.

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