Suicide Pact: Love birds attempt suicide in Puri, girl dies

Puri: A girl and her alleged lover attempted suicide by consuming poison at a hotel near city road in Puri on Saturday. While the girl died in a hospital in Puri, the youth was shifted to SCB Medical College and Hospital in Cuttack in a critical condition.

According to sources, the youth, identified as Ashish Pradhan of Chandanpur, had arrived at the hotel yesterday along with the girl, whose identity is yet to be ascertained.

The couple reportedly asked for a room but was denied by the hotel staff as they could not provide any identity proof.

“They (couple) had come to the hotel and asked for a room. But as they did not provide any identity proof, they were not entertained by our staff,” said Hotel owner, Pradip Dash.

Dash further informed that he immediately left the hotel for some work. But when he returned, the couple was lying on the hotel verandah in an unconscious state while foam was oozing out of their mouths, he said.

Soon, some people, believed to be the friends of the couple, arrived at the hotel and rushed the duo to a hospital, Dash added.

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Officer-in-charge of Penthakata police station, Suresh Kumar Pahadsingh informed that the post mortem of the deceased girl would be conducted today.

“We are investigating the matter. Only after a detailed probe, the exact reason behind the incident can be ascertained,” said Pahadsingh.