A woman, who was reportedly under acute mental stress following the abduction of her minor daughter, died due to alleged delay on part of the police in tracing the girl.
Sabita Panda of Dharina village under Kisan Nagar police limits in Cuttack district recently died of heart attack. However, Sabita’s husband has blamed tardy police probe for her death.
The couple’s minor daughter was allegedly abducted by a youth in the same village following which they had lodged a police complaint on June 2. However, the police are yet to trace the girl.
Bichitrananda Panda, father of the missing girl, said, “We had lodged FIR and provide details of the suspect and his father. One month has passed, but no action has been taken by the police. We are poor, whom we will approach if police do not pay heed to our complaint,” he asked.
“As the police did not take any action to trace our daughter, my wife succumbed to mental trauma,” he alleged.
Annapurna Panda, a relative of the deceased, said, “My aunt was not taking food properly due to the stress over her missing daughter. Due to the negligence of police, she died. The family must get justice,” she demanded.
Speaking on the matter, Salepur SDPO Prasant Kumar Majhi said, “The minor girl eloped with a youth named Shakti Prasad Bhoi, who hails from the same village. The girl’s mother had lodged a complaint at Kishannagar police station and a case has been registered.”
“The case is under investigation and we are carrying out searches at different locations to trace the duo. Recently, we learnt that the girl’s mother died. I do not disagree that the woman died due to stress. However, we will rescue the girl and arrest the accused at the earliest,” the SDPO added.