Body of 17-year-old girl exhumed in Nayagarh, Odisha, India: Three suspects arrested
Murdered: November 2023
Residence: Sorada, Odisha
Suspects: Father Biprabara Nayak and relatives
Neighbors alerted the police after the family of a 17-year-old girl from the village of Sorada in Nayagarh, a district in the state of Odisha in eastern India, went missing on Friday, November 10, and their house was locked. When neighbors asked the father, Biprabara Nayak, about the whereabouts of the girl on that fateful Friday afternoon, he avoided the subject. This behavior raised suspicions among the neighbors, who informed the police. The police initiated an investigation and later arrested three relatives of the girl. These suspects led the police to the buried body in the Phiringia area of Kandhamal.
On Saturday, November 11, the body was exhumed in the presence of the prosecutor. After a post-mortem, the body was handed over to the family.
While the exact cause of death is still unknown, the police suspect it is related to the girl's relationship with a young man. A case has been registered under sections 120B (criminal conspiracy), 201 (destruction of evidence), and 302 (murder) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). The girl's father is on the run.
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