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  • The accused Jagannath had prepared a suicide note four days prior to murdering Priyanka, his ex-girlfriend

Bhubaneswar DCP Umashankar Dash on Wednesday revealed more shocking details about Jagannath Pradhan, the prime accused involved in the sensational murder of homemaker Priyanka Priyadarshini on July 6 at Bhimatangi in the Capital city of Odisha.

Briefing the media today, Dash elaborated on the modus operandi of the accused in executing the horrific murder. The briefing followed the marathon interrogation of Jagannath by senior police officials at the Airfield Police Station.

Dash said that Jagannath had prepared a suicide note four days prior to murdering Priyanka, his ex-girlfriend. Later he had posted a message on his family WhatsApp group on that fateful day stating his life was ruined after getting back into a relationship with Priyanka. So he wanted to end his life, the message read.

On that day (July 6), Jagannath reached Priyanka’s residence carrying chocolates, cold drinks, a knife, poison and vermillion. At the time, Priyanka was alone in her house with her three-year-old son. “He clicked selfie with both of them,” said the DCP.

But in the meantime, the landlord of Priyanka’s house, who lived in the upper floor of the building came with some ‘Dahi Bara’. To avoid getting caught, Jagannath hid himself in the bathroom. Later after the house owner gave the fast-food to Priyanka and took her son with him, Jagannath came out of the bathroom and forced Priyanka to leave with him immediately. However, when she refused, a heated argument ensued between them, the DCP stated.

He further added that Jagannath has confessed to have killed Priyanka in a fit of rage following the fight. However, before killing her he put a pinch of vermillion on her head as a mark of their bonding and (illicit) marriage.

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