Pradeep Pattanayak

In a bone-chilling incident, a man allegedly buried his father after murdering him at Garasang village under Simulia Police limits of Balasore district. 

While the accused has been identified as Ramesh Behera, the victim was Pravakar Behera. But, the disappearance of Pravakar’s wife has made the case more intriguing.  

As per reports, Pravakar, his wife Champa and their son Ramesh were living in Garasang village. Ramesh, who is said to be an alcoholic, often picked up quarrels with his parents over a land dispute. He would often beat them up. 

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When the villagers found the trio missing for four days, they doubted something wrong. On Friday, they saw some stray dogs pawing a particular spot and informed the couple's daughter Mamata Mallick. Accusing her brother of burying her parents after killing them, she lodged a police complaint. 

“Villagers called me up to inform that my brother had gone somewhere after killing my parents. When I arrived I saw people gathered near my house,” said Mamata. 

On the basis of the complaint, a team from Simulia Police Station along with a scientific team reached the spot. In the presence of Khaira additional tehsildar Sandeep Subhadarshan Dhal and Simulia IIC Swarnalata Minj, the spot was dug up and a body was disinterred. It was found to have been buried with salt possibly to hasten the decomposition process. While the body was suspected to be that of Pravakar, the police launched a search operation for Champa. 

They also launched a manhunt for Ramesh, who has been absconding for the last four days. 

“A couple and their son were staying here. For the last four days, they had been missing. Our doubts were on their son who is an alcoholic and used to beat up his parents. We thought he might have done something wrong. We informed the missing couple’s daughter who upon reaching here lodged a police complaint on Friday. Today, police and a scientific team reached the spot and started a probe. Meanwhile, one body has been recovered,” said Rajendra Das, Sarpanch of Garasang panchayat.

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  • Niranjan Behera

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