Rojalin Mishra

Koraput: In what appears to be a case of 'love affair gone awry', a youth allegedly set a girl's scooty on fire at Jeypore area in Koraput district. The accused youth Arijit Mahapatra is a national-level boxer.

Both the girl and Mahapatra had developed friendship after coming in contact with each other through Facebook. However, soon their relationship turned sour after Mahapatra allegedly started threatening her, sources said.

As per allegations, the girl had gone to her relative's house at Maharanipeta area in Jeypore yesterday when Mahapatra and his friend followed her and set her scooty on fire after pouring petrol. The entire act was captured by a CCTV camera installed near the crime scene.

Later, the girl lodged a complaint at Jeypore Town Police Station in connection with the incident.

"After preliminary investigation, we have detained Mahapatra and efforts are on to nab his associate," informed Jeypore SDPO, Sagarika Nath.

On the other hand, Mahapatra's brother refuted the allegations levelled by the girl. His family members claimed that Mahapatra and the girl were into a love relationship. Even the girl had taken money from Mahapatra which she was yet to return.