Angul: An elderly woman was charred to death at Banabasipur under Nalco police station limits in Angul district last night.
The deceased has been identified as Draupadi Pradhan (60), a resident of Hindol.
According to reports, unidentified miscreants set the house afire after locking her inside and she was charred to death in the blaze.
As soon as the news spread, a group of villagers gathered at the spot and passed on the information to police.
Draupadi, a labourer by profession, used to stay alone in the house since her husband’s death. Locals suspect that the widow woman’s nephew locked her house from outside and set it on fire over a longstanding property dispute, police sources said.
The relatives of the deceased have already been informed and police have launched a probe into the incident after sending the body for postmortem.