Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Balasore, Jan 5:

In a tragic incident, a person was burnt to death as fire broke out at a paddy yard near which he was sleeping at Nuapadia village under Nilagiri block of Odisha’s Balasore district late last night.


The deceased was identified as Damodar Mallick, a sharecropper.

According to reports, Mallick had yesterday gathered paddy at the yard after harvesting it. Apprehending chances of the crop being grazed by cattle, he decided to sleep near it during night.

Unfortunately, fire broke out at the yard in which Mallick was charred to death, sources said. The crops were reduced to ashes in the fire.

On being informed, fire tenders from Nilagiri here recahed the spot and doused the flames.

The body was later recovered by police and sent for postmortem.