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Woman dies after being hacked, set afire; four detained

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Brahmapur, Dec 31:

In a shocking case, a woman who was set afire after being brutally assaulted with weapons by miscreants, succumbed to her injuries at a hospital in Visakhapatnam.

The woman, identified as Pranati Das (30), a control dealer, was first stabbed by three miscreants near the Panthanivas at Rambha in Ganjam district on Monday evening and was later set afire by them after dousing her with petrol.Rambhakta woman burnt

The woman control dealer Pranati Das was rescued by locals in a burning state and was sent to the MKCG Medical College and Hospital here in an ambulance from where she was shifted to a hospital in Visakhapatnam as her condition worsened. Doctors at the MKCG Medical College and Hospital said the woman had 100 percent burns on her body.

Deceased Pranati was brutally attacked on Monday evening near the Rambha Panthanivas while she was returning home after paying a visit to her elder sister’s place. Sources said Pranati had earlier received threats towards her life. She had also received letters with threats on several occasions before the ghastly attack leading to her death. She had even complained to the police on the matter, the sources added. As no FIR was recorded by the police, she had to part away her life, rued her family members. The deceased had stab injuries on her hands and legs apart from cent percent burns, said locals.

Rambha police, which has seized a knife and match box from the spo,t said the attempt on Pranati was a pre-planned conspiracy to kill her.

Pranati worked as a control dealer in Ramchandrapur panchayat while she hailed from Diandein village. While her husband worked with the CRPF Pranati used to stay alone in a rented accommodation near the Panthanivas at Rambha. She used to regularly visit her elder sister’s place to have her meals. However, some anti-social elements of Rambha for the last few months had been threatening her by making threat calls on her mobile phone and sending her with similar letters asking her to quit her dealership. Even these elements had once tried to set deceased Pranati’s house on fire, said local sources. Pranati had handed over the anonymous letters addressed to her to the Rambha police but had refrained from lodging a complaint expecting things to change.

Pranati had received a intimidating call on her mobile threatening her with dire consequences on Monday while she was at the panchayat office.  At around 6.40pm while Pranati was walking down to her sister’s house all of a sudden three miscreants on a bike stabbed her in her right hand and later on her leg. When Pranati raised an alarm after being stabbed one of the miscreants gagged her mouth while the other doused her with petrol and set her on fire and managed to escape.

Meanwhile, the police have detained four persons in connection with the incident, reports said.

The barbaric incident, which took place just a few hours after chief minister Naveen Patnaik left completing his tours to Ganjam and Chhatrapur on Monday, has shocked the district’s populace.