| (Top) Engineer Sudam Charan Datta and his widow Dulumani Mahant
Bhubaneswar, Jan. 11: Murder most foul has terminated a love marriage between an engineer and a daily-wage labourer.
An Assam police team today arrested the Assamese wife of Odia engineer Sudam Charan Datta from her in-law’s house in Nayagarh district.
Dulumani Mahant, 26, is the prime accused in the case of her husband’s murder. She has confessed to the crime.
The 28-year-old engineer was murdered at his official residence in Guwahati on January 3 by a couple of goons. Datta had been working in the quality control department of Gammon India Company at its Guwahati office.
Dulumani was arrested from her in-law’s house at Baiganian village in Bhapur block of Nayagarh district and taken on transit remand after she was produced before the chief judicial magistrate, Nayagarh.
The police alleged that Dulumani had an illicit relationship with her uncle’s son, Rabina Bhukta.
On the evening of January 3, after Datta reached his residence, two goons attacked him with sharp weapons and killed him.
The Gammon India officials lodged a complaint with the Kamalpur police in Kamrup district following which the police conducted raids and arrested Bhukta.
Following a tip-off from Bhukta, the police got on the trail of his wife, suspecting her to be the chief perpetrator of the crime, even though she was not present at the spot.
A policeman said that Dulumani had hatched a plan with Bhukta to eliminate the deceased and accordingly they had hired criminals to kill Datta.
Datta’s father Prahlad Datta said the deceased had been the youngest among his four sons. He had been working for Gammon India for more than six years. He had a love marriage with Dulumani, who was a daily wage labourer in the company.