Bhubaneswar: Crimes in Odisha seems to be rising in an abated manner as the State allegedly witnessed five murders in a day.
The efficacy of policing in the State has been put under serious scrutiny by the citizens after cases of burglary, loot, snatching, cyber-crimes, rape and murder multiplied in recent years. In fact the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) has put Odisha in second place only after Uttar Pradesh in crimes against women.
The Congress party in Odisha Assembly, apart from BJP MP Aparajita Sarangi in Lok Sabha, has severely criticized the Odisha government for rising cases of cyber-crimes in the State.
From the five deaths, the first case that took everyone by surprise occurred at Budulipadar Ghat inTumudibandha under Kandhamal district, where bodies of two youths were spotted lying in a pool of blood with deep cut marks in their head. It was suspected that some miscreants hacked them to death.
The family of the two youths brought murder allegations and blocked the National Highway demanding immediate arrest of the culprits.
The second incident was reported from Kharadapalli village under Bolagarh police limits in Khordha where another youth identified as Satya Sundar Behera, who was allegedly murdered on Saturday night. Locals here blocked the Highway demanding arrest of the accused too.
The third case was reported from the same Khordha district where a blood-soaked body of an elderly man named Ashok Kumar Padhi was recovered today near Alaidiha under Banapur police limits. It was suspected that Ashok was attacked by one of his neighbours.
The fourth incident was reported from Asurkhal village under Kaptipada police limits in Mayurbhanj district where one Rabindra Nayak was allegedly beaten to death by his brother-in-law, Kartik Nayak over a dispute involving an Ox.
Mrugamani Nayak, the wife of the deceased alleged, “Kartik was drunk and beat my husband to death in a fit of rage.”
Speaking on the crime graph of Odisha, former Police DG, Sanjeev Marik said, “The crime rate was declining in 2018 and 2019. Though the rate of Cuttack was a bit high but Bhubaneswar’s crime record was low.”
“In Odisha, we anyways witness 2 to 3 murders on a daily basis,” added Marik.
(Edited By Pradeep Singh)