ANGUL: Shockwaves spread in the region after a jilted lover murdered a 14-year-old girl by slitting her throat at Kuio village within Angul Sadar police limits on Monday.
The accused is 26-year-old Ranjan Behera of Badagunduri village in Kaniha and a driver by profession. The deceased minor was a Class VIII student at a private school here. Though her family hailed from Danara, they were residing at the Kuio rehabilitation site. The girl’s father works in the coal mines.
Police said Ranjan was in love with the minor girl. When her family members came to know about the relationship, they took away the girl’s mobile phone and changed the SIM card. Unable to contact the girl, the accused became infuriated.
At around 9 am, Ranjan went to Kuio village to meet the girl. After the victim’s father went to work, he entered her house and slit her throat before fleeing. The girl’s mother was in the kitchen and her younger brother was playing outside when the incident took place.
Finding the girl lying in a pool of blood, family members rushed her to the Angul district headquarters hospital where she was declared dead. Angul Sadar IIC Satyabrat Rout said a case has been registered and efforts are underway to nab the accused driver who is on the run.