Dalit girl’s body found hanging from tree in Odisha

Phulbani: Body of a 15-year-old Dalit girl was today found hanging from a tree in Odisha’s Boudh district, the police said.

The girl was a class-IX student at Gogendradeb upgraded school at Jaitapur village in Boudh district.

The body, which bore several injury marks, was sent for post-mortem, the police said adding that the victim’s mother in her FIR alleged that it was a case of rape and murder.

The girl had left her house in the evening of Tuesday and did not return till her body was found. As the leg of the body was touching the ground, the family members suspected it to be a case of rape and murder.

The police has picked up two persons for questioning.

In another incident, the body of a female worker, aged about 45 years, was recovered yesterday in a pool of blood at a hotel near ITI at the outskirt of Phulbani town, police said.

The victim hailed from Kunjanpada village under Komna Police Station in Nuapada district, police sources said.

The body was sent for post mortem to the District Headquarters Hospital here, Akshay Kumar Ghadei, the Officer-in-charge of Khajuripada police station, said.