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Wait ends in accused arrest

Bhubaneswar, June 28: A father’s wait for his daughter to return home ended today. The police commissioner informed him that they have nabbed his daughter’s killer.

Fifty-year old Narahari Behera had been living with the hope, for the last two years, that his daughter Laxmipriya will return home. Two years after, Laxmipriya Behera was killed. Police managed to get hold of Narayan Sahoo, the accused in the case. Sahoo admitted to have committed the murder and buried Laxmipriya’s body.

Laxmipriya, a 22-year-old postgraduate diploma-holder in computer application, stayed at a ladies’ hostel in Satyanagar area. She also worked as an insurance agent at a private company.

On 2 March 2008, Narahari received a call from the hostel warden that Laxmipriya had left the hostel in the morning and had not returned. Rushing to Bhubaneswar from Salepur in Cuttack, where he stayed, Behera searched high and low for Laxmipriya. After finding no trace he lodged a missing complaint at the Kharvel Nagar police station.

After waiting in vain for the police to take action the deceased’s father filed a case in the high court in December 2008 prompting the cops to expedite the investigation.

According to the police version, Laxmipriya had come in contact with Sahoo during one of her business calls. She pitched him an insurance policy and Sahoo agreed.

Investigating officer, Utkal Keshari Das said: “He gave her Rs 20,000 for insurance and she promised him the documents in the next few days.

He said that the next time Sahoo called for the documents, the girl denied she had made any.

“The girl said she would return him the money and he could have anything he desired instead,” Das said.

Sahoo, who was already married, took Laxmipriya to Theruvvalli in Rayagada district and had a sexual intercourse with her, before murdering her on March 24.

Das said that the accused used the victim’s dupatta and strangulated her. Later, he buried her body and disappeared.

The police had searched for Sahoo, but to no avail. The police said: “We searched for him but found no clues. We tried to track his mobile, but he had changed the number.”

It was through Sahoo’s wife, settled somewhere in Chennai, that the police were able to track Sahoo.

Without Sahoo knowing of it, his wife had called her brother in Bhubaneswar to tell him of job opportunities in Chennai.

The police worked on this lead and managed to track the telephone number to Chennai.

“We raided the house and arrested him. We have informed the Laxmipriya’s father. Sahoo will be forwarded to court today”, Das added.

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