Mistaken identity: Two sent to jail for ‘killing’ Odisha woman

Baripada: In a case of mistaken identity, two persons were arrested in Odisha’s Mayurbhanj district for allegedly killing a woman, which has put police in dock.

The two accused persons were sent to jail in connection with a murder case of a woman, who was later found to be alive.

The woman identified as Raimani Bankira was rescued from Cuttack.

Following her rescue, the Badampahar police kept her at a undisclosed location for proper probe into the incident.

According to reports, the Badampahar Police had recovered a charred body of an unknown woman from a forest on April 27. During investigation, the police identified her as Raimani Bankira, wife of Sanjay Nayak, who is the resident of Purunapani village under Badampahar police limits.

The police later arrested the deceased woman’s husband Sanjay Nayak and father-in-law Mangal Nayak suspecting their hands behind her murder. After their bail applications were rejected by a local court, the accused persons were sent to the Rairangpur Sub-jail.

Later, Mangal Nayak’s wife Pana Nayak informed the Badampahar police about existence of Raimani, whose charred body was recovered from forest in April, in Cuttack. Based on her inputs, the police rushed to Cuttack and found Raimani alive.

Reports said that the woman was staying with her mother and doing job for survival.

Sources said that Raimani had gone missing from her in-laws house, but no complaint was lodged in this regard.

When asked about the incident and arrest of two ‘innocent’ persons in the case, Rairangpur Additional SP Ashok Kumar Patnaik said that the court has been informed about the matter. The statement of the rescued woman has been recorded and submitted to the court for further order.

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