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Damanjodi minor girl ‘murder accused’ held

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Damanjodi (Koraput):

Damanjodi police on Friday arrested a woman Laxmi Mali in the gruesome murder of Ishwari Khara, a 7-year-old minor girl of Kalahandi Colony near Mathalput whose body was found on December 3.

The accused was later produced in the court which forwarded her to judicial custody after rejecting her bail plea.

The body of the Iswari who was missing since December 7 was found from the backyard of Laxmi Mali’s house.

Talking to reporters, IIC of Damanjodi police station Jayant Behera said that the accused had previous enmity with the family of the deceased.

The accused, however, pleaded innocence in the murder case.

“I swear that I do not know anything about the death of the girl. Police have arrested me without any reason”, she told the media.