Dowry death in Khurda: 1 accused arrested

Khurda: A day after a woman from Khurda district succumbed to burn injuries, police today arrested her husband, who along with his parents had allegedly set her on fire for dowry.

Debasish, the husband of deceased Chandrakanti had been on the run along with his parents since the matter came to fore, said sources.

However, police swung into action and nabbed Debasish today.

In her dying statement, Chandrakanti had said, “My father-in-law poured kerosene on me in the house while my mother-in-law and husband restrained me and then they set me on fire.”

Chandrakanti, a mother of two, succumbed to her injuries on Thursday morning while undergoing treatment at a private hospital in Bhubaneswar.

Chandrakanti of Nayagarh got married to Debasish of Dingara on July 14, 2010. According to sources, a few days after marriage, her in-laws and husband tortured and thrashed her demanding Rs 50,000 and a motorcycle as dowry. The torment continued for years until Chandrakanti was allegedly set on fire by her father-in-law Rabindra Barik, mother-in-law Manorama and husband Debasish on Tuesday.

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