.........JAGATSINGHPUR: A Man of Sundargarh district allegedly attempted to kill his 65-year-old stepmother by throwing her into river Devi from Sikharghat bridge under Nuagaon police limits in Jagatsinghpur on Monday over property dispute. The woman, however, was rescued by police and locals. The accused is Bhagirathi Mishra. He was helped by his three friends to commit the crime.
The woman, Trupti Mishra of Lathikatha in Sundargarh district, had been staying with her stepson Bhagirathi, who is unemployed. After death of her husband Gurang Mishra last year, Trupti refused to give the latter’s pension and property to Bhagirathi. An irate Bhagirathi then plotted to kill her, as he thought that he would get the property and pension after her death. He convinced her to go on a trip to Paradip Port, Sun Temple in Konark and Chandrabhaga beach with him. Accordingly, Bhagirathi and three of his friends brought her to Paradip Port on Monday and later took a bus to Konark.
Bhagirathi, however, asked Trupti to get down near Sikharghat where he and his friends pushed her from the Sikharghat bridge. Thinking that the elderly woman died after falling from a height of 15 feet on the riverbed, the four fled the spot. Hearing her screams, villagers of Bilipada and Sarikala rushed to the spot and found an injured Trupti struggling for life. They informed Nuagaon police, who arrived with fire fighters and rescued the woman. She was admitted to District Headquarters Hospital at Jagatsinghpur where she narrated her plight to the police. She also accused Bhagirathi of trying to kill her for property. She, however, had no idea that three of his friends were travelling with him.
Sub-Inspector of Nuagaon police station Susant Kumar Bhol said cases have been registered against the four accused and search is on.