Bhubaneswar: The murder of 24-year-old Mamita Sahu of Jharni village under Turekela block of Odisha’s Balangir district has sent shockwaves across the state. After the arrest of prime accused Govind Sahu, it has been revealed that he had pre-planned the woman’s murder.
Mamita, who was working as a teacher at the Sunshine English Medium School at Mahaling in Kalahandi district, went missing on October 8. Alleging involvement of Govind Sahu, managing committee president of the school, behind her missing, Mamita’s family members had lodged a complaint with police.
Sahu has confessed during questioning by police that he killed the woman and buried her body. Sahu and Mamita went to Bhawanipatna in his car on October 8. While returning, Sahu murdered Mamita inside the vehicle by strangling her to death. As the woman desperately tried to save herself and escape, the back seat of the car got torn, a report said.
The report further said Mamita had two objectionable videos of Sahu, for which he decided to eliminate her to evade further trouble for him. Family members of the deceased had earlier alleged that Sahu was involved in sexually harassing the female employees of the school. Mamita had warned Sahu of exposing him and bringing his illicit affairs to fore, they said.
On October 7, Sahu had directed an excavator operator to dig a pit at the stadium construction site of the school. After the death of Mamita, the body was set on fire with the use of petrol and it was buried in the pit. Salt was also put on the body for quick decomposition, the report said.
The excavator operator was on October 9 asked by Sahu to cover the pit with soil. Multiple persons were involved in the killing of Mamita and it was a pre-planned murder, the report added.
Police had on October 14 seized the car, from which an anklet and a petrol jar were recovered. Later on October 19 when the body of Mamita was exhumed from the under-construction stadium site, an anklet, a chain and a bag was recovered from the spot.