Prime accused in ex-ward member murder held

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Baripada: Two days after the brutal murder of Balai Soren, former ward member of Badaliya Ghingasahi under Khunta police station in Mayurbhanj district, police arrested the prime accused from Saraskana area in the wee hours today.

The arrested has been identified as Kasinath Marandi.

“I had managed tolerate the former ward member as he was sexually exploiting my wife earlier. But this time it was beyond my toleration as he again exploited my wife. Determined to eliminate him, I caught him inside the mango orchard, tied his hands and mouth and set him on fire after pouring kerosene on his body,” Marandi  told media persons at the Khunta Police Station.

IIC of Khunta Police station Niranjan Das said a team of Khunta Police led by Sudarshan Baghe raided the Marandi’s father-in-law’s house in Rajabandha village under Saraskana police station limits in the early morning and arrested him.

Asked about the incident, the IIC said as per information the deceased was sexually exploiting the wife of the accused. A meeting in this connection was held recently in the house of the deceased where he had promised not to indulge in such activity in future. But he again did the same with the wife in the absence of her husband. After coming to know about the incident from his wife after his return to home, the accused made up his mind and killed him by pouring kerosene on his body after tying his hands and mouth inside the mango orchard in the village.

“We will forward him to the court today,” the IIC added.

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