Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Puri, Jan 16:

In a shocking twist in the lawyer-cum-hotelier Chandan Behera murder case in Odisha’s Puri, police today arrested the deceased’s wife for allegedly hatching a conspiracy to kill her husband.


Chandan Behera’s wife Nibedita had plotted his murder along with four other accused Litu, Jaga, Kapila and Baraju, Puri SP Sarthak Sarangi said at a press conference here.

Nibedita came to Puri from Rourkela on December 20 last year and a blueprint was prepared to execute Chandan, the SP said. She went back to Rourkela on January 5 after which Chandan was murdered on January 8.

According to reports, Chandan and Nibedita were staying separately and the latter wanted to take possession of his properties for which she hatched the murder conspiracy.

While police have so far arrested eight persons in connection with the incident, one accused is still at large.

Notably, Chandan was hacked to death by unknown assailants on January 8 evening inside the compound of Sai Kutir Lodge owned by him. Behera was attacked with swords while he was returning to the lodge with one of his staff Krushna pillion riding with him on a scooter. Krushna had received minor injuries in the attack.