Ramakanta Biswas

A six-year-old girl was left to die after being thrown into an open well by her mother at Konkorada village under Patapur police limits in Ganjam district.

The minor girl, Sneharani Jena, was rescued by the villagers after she screamed for help from inside the open well. Her condition is stable now.

“I was asleep at home yesterday when my mother lift me and threw me into the well. I screamed for help. Later, I was rescued by some villagers with the help of a rope,” said the minor girl. 

Sajani Jena, the grandmother of the girl, said, “My daughter-in-law threw my granddaughter into the well. The local sarpanch and others rescued her from the well. Later, we took her to Adapada Community Health Centre (CHC). She is stable now, but a tortoise has bitten her leg.” 

The police have launched a search operation to trace the accused woman after a complaint was lodged by the victim’s grandmother. 

“Her mother left home after the incident. I have lodged a complaint with the police in this regard. The police officials have asked me to inform them if my daughter-in-law comes home,” the minor girl’s grandmother added. 

In another incident, the body of a Class V boy student was found in a well in the backyard of their house at Pubusahi under Khordha police limits. He had been missing since yesterday. An investigation into the case is underway.

Reported by Manoj Kumar Muni, Balaram Lenka, OTV