Dharhara, hitherto associated with planting a sapling to mark the birth of a girl child, woke up to a brutal reality on Tuesday morning.
Residents found the body of a homemaker hanging from a tree. Dharhara is located around 25km from the district headquarters.
The victim has been identified as Anju Devi (38). Phokil Singh alias Phokil Das, the husband of the deceased, alleged that his wife had developed an illicit relationship with one Mukesh Singh (36).
He said: “Last year, Mukesh fled with Anju to Punjab and returned after a month. The panchayat had directed Anju to sever her relationship with Mukesh and stay with me.”
According to Phokil, Anju went to collect grass for the cattle from a field on the outskirts of the village on Monday morning and did not return. On Tuesday morning, some residents found her body around 1.5km away from her house.
A woman said: “Despite the warning of the panchayat, the duo continued their relationship. On July 19, villagers even threatened Mukesh to live separately.”
Naugachia superintendent of police Shekhar Kumar said he was busy in a meeting and it would not be possible to speak about the incident.
Gopalpur station house officer Janak Kishore Singh said cops were conducting raids to nab Mukesh. “Mukesh is absconding since Tuesday morning,” he said.
Dharhara panchayat mukhiya (village head) Subodh Sha condemned the incident and urged the administration to punish the guilty.