Ramakanta Biswas

News Highlights

  • Jagannath Pradhan sent WhatsApp to his family before killing Priyanka Priyadarshini
  • He said 'Rinky (deceased’s nickname), whom I loved dearly, destroyed me completely'
  • He also apologised to his elder brother & sister-in-law through the WhatsApp message

More shocking details continue to emerge in the sensational murder of Priyanka Priyadarshini whose body was found in a pool of blood in her rented house in the Bhimatangi of Bhubaneswar on Monday. 

OTV has accessed accused Jagannath Pradhan's last WhatsApp message sent to his family in which he blamed deceased for destroying his life. 

'Rinky (deceased’s nickname), whom I loved dearly, destroyed me completely. I am not in a condition to live further. I have lost my mental balance and I will not return...” portion of accused Jagannath’s last WhatsApp message read.

The accused, who allegedly attempted suicide after killing Priyanka with a sharp weapon, also apologised to his elder brother and sister-in-law for any mistake he might have unknowingly committed in the past through the message he posted on the family WhatsApp group.       

Accused Jagannath’s mother had earlier said he and Priyanka were in a relationship before she got married to another man. However, Jagannath never contacted her after her marriage and moved to Bangalore. Later, Priyanka re-established contact with Jagannath when he returned home from Bangalore following the announcement of the nationwide lockdown last year.

Meanwhile, the deceased’s father Sarat Sahu said he did not know the accused youth and demanded stringent punishment for him for killing his daughter.

“As the youth was present at the scene of crime and a sharp weapon was lying beside him, it is clear that he had committed the murder. It is left for God and judiciary to decide if he deserves life imprisonment or death penalty,” the bereaved father said. 

The deceased’s brother said his sister and brother-in-law had good marital relationship. “I never saw them quarrelling. My brother-in-law is a very good person and we used have lots of fun while together,” he added. 

The deceased’s aunt said, “Our son-in-law called up Priyanka’s father yesterday (Monday) and asked him to reach Bhubaneswar immediately. He broke the news of murder after reaching Bhubaneswar. The relationship between Priyanka and our son-in-law was good. The accused youth might have been creating a false narrative to justify the act. He will get the punishment as per law.”