Balasore, Dec. 2:
In a suspected case of suicide, the charred body of a 25-year-old woman was recovered from her rented house at Harida village on the outskirts of the town early on Monday.
Identified as Jayanti Mallick, a native of Barunsingh under Khantapara police limits, the unmarried woman worked at a private clinic near Cinema Square in the town, neighbours said. The woman, who worked as a receptionist at a private hospital in the town before joining the clinic, was staying alone for the last year and half in the mud house with an asbestos roof, they said.
Residents of the area smoke billowing out of the mud house at around 2.30am on Monday. As they rushed to the house, they found the door locked from inside. After breaking the door open, they pulled out Jayanti’s body from under the debris of the collapsed walls.
“I saw flames and thick smoke coming out of the house and loud crackling sounds when I was processing harvested paddy. I raised an alarm and some of us rushed to douse the fire by pouring water. But by then she had been completely burnt,” said Dibakar Mohanty, a local.
Other villagers said a married man staying in the locality visited her frequently. “She was probably not on good terms with her parents and family members,” said one of them.
The house owner informed the police, who, in turn, called the woman’s parents to identify the body. “The father and brother of the deceased came and identified the body. The body has been sent for post mortem and other forensic examination,” said Jaswant Samal, the inspector in-charge (IIC) of Sadar police station.
A case of unnatural death has been registered, he said. “Since we could not find evidence of entry of any outsider into the house, we have registered case of unnatural death,” Samal added.