BHUBANESWAR: Twin City police on Tuesday arrested two persons for allegedly murdering a youth, Manas Swain of Baramunda, at Unit VIII here on Monday night.
The accused were identified as Siba Nayak (32) of Odagaon in Nayagarh district and Happy, a resident of the Capital City. Two others involved in the crime are still at large.
Nayak, a driver by profession, was employed in a cab agency and headed a gang of five to six members which was involved in motorcycle and car thefts.
Swain’s body was found on Rental Colony-Kalinga Studio road in the wee hours of Monday. His face was disfigured beyond recognition. There were multiple cuts on his forehead and neck.
Sources said the accused murdered Swain in Unit VIII and disposed of the body at an isolated location near Kalinga Studio Square.
Preliminary investigation revealed that Swain was an associate of Nayak and internal rifts within the gang led to the murder, police said.
“Nayak nursed a grudge against Swain over sharing the money earned after selling stolen vehicles in the grey market,” a senior police official said, adding, one among the accused who is on the run has hidden money and other valuables at a secret location.
Swain’s brother has lodged a complaint with Nayapalli police in this connection. While Nayak was produced in court which remanded him to judicial custody, police have launched a manhunt for the other accused.