Mystery Shrouds Cuttack College Student's Death

Published: 28th February 2016 06:50 AM  |   Last Updated: 28th February 2016 06:50 AM   |  A+A-

BHUBANESWAR: The body of a Plus Two girl student of Ravenshaw Junior College at Cuttack was found under mysterious circumstances on the railway tracks near Kuhuri station in Khurda on Saturday morning.

The deceased, identified as Pragyan Saswati Priyadarshini (17), was a first year student of Arts. She bore injury marks on the back of her head. While prima facie it appears to be a train-hit incident, the girl’s father has complained that she may have been murdered. The Government Railway Police (GRP) registered a case of unnatural death and started investigation.

Pragyna, who belonged to Sana Nairi village under Banpur police limits, had left home on Friday at 9.45 am. According to her father Parama Sahu’s statement to the GRP, she was to board the Balugaon-Bhubaneswar DMU from Gangadharpur railway station. Pragyan, he claimed, had called up later on the day to confirm that she reached her hostel in Cuttack safely. How her body was found a day later on the tracks at Kuhuri remains a mystery. “Whether she committed suicide or someone pushed her from a running train is being investigated,” Investigating Officer Parikshit Nayak said. The railway personnel at Kuhuri station first spotted Pragyan’s body at 8.30 am on Saturday and alerted the Station Master who informed GRP at Nirakarpur. A GRP team rushed to the spot and conducted a preliminary inquiry. The body has been sent to Capital Hospital, Bhubaneswar for post-mortem. 


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