Sambalpur (Odisha): The 25-years-old son of a female Congress candidate for sarpanch's post in Ganjam district of Odisha was allegedly killed by the supporters of another candidate on Thursday, police said.

Lalu Gouda, son of Pramila Gouda of Diha Padhala gram panchayat was attacked by a group of people on Thursday, a day after the third phase panchayat polling was held in the area.
The police sources said that the youth succumbed to injuries on way to MKCG Medical College Hospital here.

The Congress activists and the villagers staged protest and blocked the road in the area leading to disruption of communication channel between Bhanjanagar and Dasapalla in demand of immediate arrest of the accused.
Senior police officers, including Ganjam SP Rajesh Pandit went to the spot.
At least eight persons, including prime accused Kulu Swain, a supporter of BJD, were arrested, sources said.    

Security force was deployed in the village where the situation was tense but under control, they said.
This was the second poll-related casualty in the district in the ongoing panchayat elections. A BJD supporter Congress Nayak was killed by his political opponents on February 5 at Haripur under Dharakote police station.