Lovers’ suicide pact in Puri: Girl dies, boyfriend critical

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Puri: A young girl and her boyfriend allegedly attempted suicide by consuming poison together at a lodge in Chaktratirtha Road in Puri on Saturday. The girl died soon after, while her boyfriend’s condition remained critical.

According to sources, the girl hailed from Balisahi area in the city. The youth, identified as Asish Pradhan, is from Chandanpur. He has been shifted to SCB Medical College and Hospital in Cuttack and his condition was stated to be critical.

Chakratirtha outpost police registered a case in this regard and conducted the postmortem of the deceased’s body. The police seized some poisonous substance packed in a polythene bag.

Pradip Kumar Das, the manager of Maria lodge where the couple attempted suicide, said they reached the lodge at around 5.30 pm.

“The couple asked for a room in the lodging. As they did not have identity proofs, we denied them room. They were seating at the reception counter when they consumed the poison together and fell unconscious. We rushed them to the district headquarters hospital where the girl was pronounced dead by the doctors,” Das said.

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