Dhenkanal: Four accused were arrested on Thursday in connection with the gangrape and murder of a widowed woman at Balikuma village under the Kankadahada police station in the district.
The four arrestees include prime accused Hari Patra, who is the son-in-law of the deceased. According to preliminary investigation, the four miscreants had allegedly killed the woman, after raping her over suspected past enmity.
Dhenkanal SP BK Panigrahi said, “After investigation we found involvement of four accused in the incident. Hari Patra and Raghu Lohar had entered the house of the woman and had raped her while other two persons, Ananda Patra and Sudarshan Lohar, stood watch outside the house.
They murdered her later on. We have arrested the four accused and will forward them to court after medical checkup.”
They also questioned as to why only murder case and no rape case has been registered by the police in this incident.