Reported by Santosh Jagdev
Bhubaneswar, Mar 5:
A day after a woman’s body was fished out from a well from a house at Siddhi Vihar under Khandagiri police limits on the outskirts of Odisha capital, police today arrested the in-laws of the deceased and launched a manhunt to apprehend the husband who has been untraceable since the matter came to light.
“We have arrested the parents of Srikumar— Satyanarayan Patra and Sujata Patra. An investigating team has been formed to trace Srikumar Patra, husband of deceased Sangeeta Subudhi (25), who has gone incommunicado after the incident,” Twin City Police Commissioner Dr RP Sharma said.
Srikumar Patra was a medical representative and had married Sangeeta last year. However, their relationship turned sour after few months of their marriage and used to fight frequently.
Yesterday, Srikumar lodged a missing complaint with the local police. However, the body of Sangeeta was found inside a well within the campus of their residence at B-42 in Siddhi Vihar in the evening at around 8 pm.
The Khandagiri police with the help of fire tenders of the Baramunda unit retrieved the body from the well. During preliminary investigation, police found a handwritten suicide note with the signature of Sangeeta on it form the house which read: “We have decided to end our lives as either of us could not become an ideal couple. We could neither prove ourselves as good son-in-law or daughter-in-law. This has prompted us to take this extreme step.”
Mystery over the incident has deepened after broken bangles, a saree and sindoor were found littered on the bed last evening.
On the other hand, Sangeeta’s father Rajendra Subudhi, who is a native of Rambha in Ganjam district and has been residing in Dumduma area, has alleged that his daughter has been murdered for dowry.
Subudhi claimed that the signature on the suicide note is not his daughter’s rather it’s of Srikumar.
“In the morning, they said their daughter-in-law is missing and in the evening they informed that she has committed suicide and her body is floating in the well. My sister has been murdered for dowry and all the members of the Patra family should be arrested,” Sarmistha Subudhi, sister of the deceased alleged.
With Srikumar remaining out of bounds of the police, all fingers have been pointed towards him of his possible involvement in the incident.
When Patra lodged a complaint with Khandagiri police station last night stating that his wife has gone missing then why has he absconded after the incident, police said.
The body was sent to Capital Hospital in the city for autopsy and a case was registered with Mahila Police.
The post mortem report would reveal the nature of death, police added.