Son held for raping, killing mother

Baripada: The Betnoti Police on Sunday arrested a tribal on charges of raping and murdering his 72-year-old mother under the influence of intoxicants.

According to police, the accused identified as Hari Marandi (45) dragged the old woman inside the house while she was brooming in front of the house at Dambaru Dahar village under Baisinga police limits in Mayurbhanj district on Saturday morning.

While the woman managed to free herself from his clutches, he again dragged her inside and raped her in an inebriated state.

“I saw him dragging his mother inside. After some time, I saw him taking out her clothes and then raping her in the verandah,” an eyewitness said. The incident occurred when other family members were away.

Marandi has been arrested under Sections 376 and 302 of the Indian Penal Code dealing with rape and murder, Betnoti Sub-divisional Police Officer Dhirendra Nanda said.

Marandi was presented before a local court on Sunday.