BERHAMPUR: In a shocking incident, bodies of four persons including a woman were found buried in a forested area adjoining a village in Sorada block’s Badagada police limits. Police exhumed the bodies and apprehended four persons in this connection on Monday.
The deceased were identified as Bhimsen Gamang, his wife Jeni and two of their relatives Dhambaru Gamang and Ananda Raita. All of them belonged to Mankandchuan village. The State Police headquarters said, the four were believed to have been murdered over an illicit love affair which took an ugly turn.
Investigation revealed that 35-year-old Bhimsen had an illicit relationship with the niece of Basudev Raita, a fellow-villager. After the girl became pregnant, their relationship came to light. When confronted by the villagers, Bhimsen denied his role in the pregnancy of the girl. Bhimsen and his wife Jeni (27) do not have any child after several years of marriage.
However, after the girl gave birth to a daughter, Basudev mounted pressure on Bhimsen to marry her. After Bhimsen, a gaonsathi of the village, did not relent, Basudev informed the villagers who convened a meeting to decide the matter. Bhimsen, his wife, uncle Damburu and Ananda were asked to attend the meeting.
When the meeting was underway, a group of villagers attacked the four with sharp weapons and crushed their heads with boulders. Later, they buried the bodies in the nearby Dalakhai forest.
Ganjam SP Narasingha Bhola along with other senior police officers and scientific team visited the spot on Monday evening for further investigation.
Police have apprehended Basudev, Gouranga Mandal, Bipra Raita and Banguda Gamanga. Their interrogation was going on till the report was filed.