Body of an elderly woman was recovered from an abandoned cabin under Nayapalli Police limits here on Tuesday. The body bore injury marks and one person has been arrested in this connection.
The victim, identified as 85-year-old Basanti Bisoi, was a widow. Her husband, ex-serviceman Bijay Kumar Bisoi, died 10 years ago. Basanti was a resident of Vajpayee Nagar of Salia Sahi and is survived by a son. Basanti’s body was recovered after the neighbours reported to the police that a foul smell was emanating from the cabin.
Police said the needle of suspicion points at Sriram Sahoo (65), a native of Gorikia village in Phulbani district. Sriram had developed acquaintance with Basanti about four years back. Basanti reportedly started staying in the cabin on Sriram’s suggestion. Basanti used to get her husband’s pension, but Sriram would take away that from her. Sources said there was a scuffle between Basanti and Sriram on Monday.
“Basanti had gone somewhere a few days prior to the murder. Sriram got very angry about this,” said a senior police official. In a fit of rage Sriram allegedly hacked Basanti to death.
There are, however, conflicting reports about the reason behind the crime. Some claimed that she was murdered because of late she was reluctant to give the pension amount to Sriram and gave it away to her son. Sriram reportedly confided in his wife about the crime. Nayapalli Police arrested Sriram on Tuesday and forwarded him to court. Further investigation is on.