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‘Murdered’ Odisha Youth Returns Home After 18 Months While 2 Accused Have Served Jail Term

**Bargarh:** In one way negligence in criminal investigation while on the other, no less than a miracle for a family, a youth from Pipilipali village under Paikmal police limits here returned home after about 18-month of his murder.

Jeetu Dandsena went missing on December 25, 2016 following which his family members lodged a missing complaint with Paikmal police after they failed to trace him. The police launched an investigation and concluded that Jeetu was murdered.

Acting on the complaint, police had arrested two people, Halu Gula (22) and Raghav Nayak (22) on October 22, 2017 on charges of killing Jitu and had seized Jitu’s mobile phone from the accused duo. The two have now spent about 12 months in jail.

The two had even confessed that they murdered Jitu before looting his mobile phone and some cash and later dumped the body on the bed of Jeera River here. As per the arrested youths, Jitu had gone to Bargarh town for medical check up on December 7, 2016 when Halu and Raghav attacked him.

However, as per Jitu, he became unconscious in the attack and the duo fled the spot thinking him to be dead. After gaining consciousness, he went to New Delhi where he worked in a catering firm instead of returning back home.

After a year, he shifted to Kolkata and started working in a band party. Recently, Jitu met an ice-cream seller in Kolkata and narrated his ordeal. The ice-cream seller telephoned Jitu’s family members and informed them about his presence in the city.

Jitu’s kin then informed Paikmal police about the development, following which a police team and his family members went to Kolkata and brought him back home.

According to family sources, Jitu is mentally unstable and unable to describe why he went to New Delhi and later to Kolkata instead of contacting them.

Meanwhile, the police have withdrawn the murder charges and have filed a case of robbery as the youth is still alive. Both Halu and Raghav are out on bail now.

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